Be aware of feelings and desires
There is a value of innocence in life. Remember those moments as a child when you were very happy? Then you were innocent. In those moments when you felt very good, relaxed, you were innocent. It is a quality in you.
Love, beauty, truth are all beyond proof. Nobody can prove them. Nobody can prove God is. If someone tries to prove that God is, they are doing something disastrous. Whatever you can prove, you can disprove also. God is beyond our proof and disproof. God is an experience. Your God only you can know, your beauty only you can see. Can anyone else have experience of beauty? Impossible.
It is the same with innocence. Your innocence is your innate experience.
Desire and Intention
There is a difference between a desire and an intention. All work happens through intention. You intend – I want to go somewhere, and you go. All life moves with intention. If I don’t have an intention to raise my hand, it will not raise. If I don’t have an attention to take the rose, I will not take it. All work happens through intention. Desire is that intention turning into a feverish thought in you. A desire is a thought with feverishness coming in you again and again. That shakes the whole nervous systems.
Desire brings a dis-ease in the mind, an obsession in the mind. It clouds the clarity of mind. It brings feverishness and it burns you. It leaves you with scars and wounds. Every frustration, every desire has caused scars in the nervous system, and you are not even aware of it.
The first time you become aware of it – Oh, there are a lot of things her I have done to myself – then you clear it up. When Buddha said, “Desire is the cause of sorrow,” he meant have nothing but good intention.
Craving and Aversion
Give up everything and have everything. Even the sense of giving up something is thinking you have something. You don’t have anything. What do u have to give up? The struggle is that you think you have, and then that you have to give it up. In the life of this knowledge you wake up and ask what is yours.
You don’t exist. “Yours” doesn’t exist. What is yours? If something is there, it is there. If something is not there, it is not there. So what? In your trying to give something up, you are holding on to it more. Wake up and see nothing is yours or everything is yours. It becomes so easy.
Yours needs will be met. Relax. When you have relaxed so completely, not possessing anything in the head or wanting to possess anything in the head, you will see the substance comes before the need for it arises. Fear arises with the thought, I may require something and then who will give it to me? This is a strain. When the need is there, what is needed will come. This body belongs to the world. The world will take care of this body. You belong to god and god will take care of you.
Longing can come out of gratefulness and gratitude. Longing does not come out of complaint or frustration. Complaints and frustration will bring anger, hatred. Only gratefulness can bring longing.
Grace and knowledge can cut the bondage of karma. Otherwise there is no end to it. Good karmas will produce good karmas. Bad karmas will produce bad action. Due to bad karmas you are engaged in bad actions, and these bad actions will in turn create bad karma, and that bad karma will create bad action-action and its result, action and its results. It will continue forever. Someone once asked. “why should I do yoga ?” And they were given the answer, “Ayam dukkab mana gatum,” which means to avoid the sorrow that would come in the future, to cut the root of suffering. That is the purpose of yoga. The path of the unfoldment of karma is enormous, infinite and diverse. But if you are more aware and you are more centred, you can burn the karma.
If you become deaf, dumb and blind totally handicapped, God will take you onto the divine lap. Have total helplessness.
Many people, when they get this knowledge, say, “Oh, Guruji, while I’ve been waiting for this, so much time has gone by. I’ve wasted twenty year. How nice it would have been if you had come years ago.”
I say don’t regret the past. Nothing is ever a waste. All the past, all you have gone through has built the foundation, has brought the walls up. Now we are here to put on the roof, to complete it. It is not a waste.