01 Nov Hardness Of Heart
Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. ~ Lao-tzu
In this world everything is judged by the state of its “outcome.” We are looking for a certain kind of worldly manifestation that will prove that we are “special” or in command of this lifetime. Typically, it is money that is the titan of this desperate need for self-importance. There is very little that money cannot buy in our Western culture.
This monotonous mentality of mere survival and the passionate desire for extreme luxury leaves little to no room for anything that would reveal the grace of Love that we all live in with such indifference. We want the “self” of us, which does not exist at all, to be the messiah that does not have to go through the muck and mire of human frailty and find out the real Truth of it all.
The Truth is that most of us have not cultivated the Heart enough to really allow for the Truth. Most people are merely looking for a reason to wash their painful life away, which has been custom-designed through their own spiritual indifference, DNA, alcohol, entertainment and food. They simply do not feel anything beyond the human heart’s desire for gratification, which they call “love.” The saddest aspect of all of this is the belief that “love” is gained through affection and gratification.
Compassion and forgiveness will not reign supreme in this world. Too many of us have contrived ways for rationalizing our evil. ~ Siraj
There is nothing wrong with affection, wonderful food, family, friends and entertainment. It is when we use these things as compensation for our own lack of authentic Love, when we use them to forget our obnoxious pain and unrelenting sorrow from living in indifference to authentic Love, that a big problem builds over the course of a lifetime in a way that blurs the meaning and significance of our life.
The manifestation of all of this is that we live depressed or in depression. We live in anger and fear of not having what makes us feel good or secure emotionally. The same emotions that pleasure us also turn their demeanors into powerful sensations of insecurity and the fear that we could lose our “pleasures,” which makes all of our human struggles seem worthwhile. They want their lives (outer events) changed into a constant stream of pleasures and conveniences while they remain as they are: clueless, selfish and self-absorbed! All of this is a cycle that leads to depression.
Simply put: all of our pain and sorrows are due to our “hardness of heart.” It is this “hardness of heart” in humanity that makes our world what it is today, on the verge of collapse. Jesus was very outspoken about it, teaching about disregard for the Heart more than any other ailment of humankind. Buddha urged us to realize how we have infused our life with it and spoke about the futility of living from it.
There must be a measure of sincere kindness and compassion within us. We must find ways to be compassionate. ~ Siraj
There is NO cure for this absolute kind of mindset. We are here as Love. We are here to Love in the face of all that binds us to fear and hatred. Thanksgiving is about a powerful form of surrender into Love that exceeds all logic and reasoning. It is about no longer living in the ties that bind us to the collective unconscious and finding ways to surrender our ugly logic of fear in order to serve humankind through Love.
Humility is the only antidote for being an “absolutist.” Everything is trying to teach us the Way into compassion and unconscionable generosity. This is why we have so many problems in our lifetime. We are not unconscionable about anything other than fear and all the rationalizations that we can conjure up in order to sustain our instinct to degrade into greed and selfishness. This is the way of our Western culture…and many admire it.
Therefore the human heart must break before the “hardness of heart” can be released. Only those who have had enough of their emotional mischief and sorrow, based in ignorance and selfish values (emotions), can realize the power and need for human heartbreak. When our human heart is broken we have the chance to move deeply into the spiritual Heart and feel its presence within us. It offers to us a whole new reality and way of living that most people typically do not see any need for. This is why many are “called” but “few have chosen” to understand the Way.
I realize that nothing I have said here sounds gratifying and that most reading this will not practice as I have suggested here. I have been around a long time and I know how people are in this world, especially as the holiday season approaches. I am planting seeds so that one day they will see the validity of all of this and come to that blessed place where they just can’t do what they do any longer. It is in this space that Love is born within them…as them.
Be forgiving, be generous and be silent - allow for the compassion that breaks the “hardness of heart” to uncover the authentic Heart
Allow for the sorrow and let it be the catalyst for spiritual awakening - do not take it personally, just let it all happen
Breathe into your heart chakra and allow the beauty of the pain to take you deeper and deeper into Love
Make compassion more important than your “hardness of heart” - let everything you do be an opportunity to know the meaning of the authentic Heart