10 Nov The Pain Of The Human
Chasing desires to excess turns your mind toward madness, and valuing precious things impairs good judgment. ~Lao-tzu
We are the originators, architects and engineers of our own fate, destiny and Karma. No matter how we move and manipulate our emotions, the fact of our sorrow is and will always be inherent to our humanity. It is through our self-imposed pain that we create the illusion of a lifetime that forces us to live in a fear that eventually becomes our life Karma.
All of us have a hidden pain deep within the human experience that operates in the shadows of our hidden desires and fears. Most of us live our entire life around a human sorrow that we cannot give a “thought” or a “name” to in order to recognize or acknowledge it. We live in the sentiment of this sorrow, which creates an unconscious hatred that ferments within us as a bitter wine we willfully drink throughout our lifetime.
Everything comes to us for the purposes of Karma in order to realign our energies with that of Love. ~ Siraj
It must be our life’s intent in order for this to happen. We must know why we are here in this world before anything really significant can occur.
People and events come into our lives and then leave, physically speaking. They leave every trace they can for us to pick up in order to dissolve into Love. Nothing is by chance or luck. The Loving hand of Karma is the intelligence of this world. It is always happening, always being. This intelligence is all about that which cannot be taught…it must be caught. Hence, nothing is happening in the way we believe it is through the biased limitations of our human mind.
Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Our pain is indeed the medicine that has come to heal us. Pride, vanity and fear have no place in a person who is seeking the Way. Every pain we feel deep within that we cannot speak of, is being addressed throughout our lifetime. To live as if every moment is not significant is to miss the entire meaning of our Karma.
Allow me a wonderful story about two brothers – may it serve you well:
Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart.
It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work,” the man said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?”
“Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor; in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence — an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place anymore. That’ll show him.”
The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.”
The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer’s eyes opened wide and his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge – a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work with handrails and all, and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across with his hand outstretched.
“You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.”
The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge, taking each other’s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I have a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother.
“I would like to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but I have so many more bridges to build.”
One who seeks authenticity realizes that whatever needs to happen…will happen. ~ Siraj
Because we harbor a deep fear of Karma and the “pain” we believe will emit from it, we spend our lives in the futility of trying to avoid it. What we do not recognize is that it is unavoidable and we will meet it no matter what we think, say or do. Karma will come in both small ways and big events, and becomes more pronounced as we face the elements of our own mischief.
The pain we create for ourselves through the unconscious mind is directly connected to the collective unconscious, which causes us to live and act dualistically. This dualism results in a disowned self that creates spiritual, social and physiological mischief.
We have come to believe that when painful events occur in our lives it means we have done something “wrong.” We tend to apply small mind to big Life. We do not want to feel any kind of pain because we have nothing to support our effort to understand it. We are confined by the walls of our human logic, reasoning and pseudo-morality.
It is much easier to simply philosophize a teaching of insight and truth than it is to actually devote ourselves to it. Life is much bigger than our intellectual philosophies can support through logic and reasoning.
It matters both how how Karma comes and through which part of our life it enters. Most of us make it a “pain” that we fear and resent. But there is another way. This is where we face the depth of our sincerity.
To free ourselves from the chains of “birth and death” we must learn what it means to flow with the Karma we have. Whatever is our Karma, it is there to help us evolve into a Love that the human mind cannot fathom.
Our pain can be either self-chosen or the pain of a Karma that comes to liberate us. ~ Siraj
Thus, the importance of cultivating the patience needed to self-realize. Realize what? That life is not a matter of “good” and “bad,” and that EVERYTHING we do MATTERS to everyone else and comes back to roost in our own lives.
I leave you now with this little story. It is so true and, at the same time, so revealing. Its simplicity is its accuracy:
One night the great German philosopher, Professor Von Kochenbach, saw two doors in a dream, one of which led directly to Love and paradise.
The other door led to an auditorium where a lecture was being given on Love and paradise.
There was no hesitation on Von Kochenbach’s part as he darted to hear the lecture.
Please excuse my words and simply go directly to LOVE. No need for hesitation. You ARE that which you seek, even if you don’t seek it.
Never allow fear to limit what can happen to you
Never make any event within your physical life trivial
Live each moment in wonder - the Heart is showing you the “bigger picture” of your life
Remain open and willing to lose everything you have in this world for the sake of one moment in authentic Love