In the presence of the holy there is a lightness of being that radiates…
People from all walks of life have come to be in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, to listen to his message of a stress free and non-violent global society. A simple man dressed with a smile, and robed in white. He emanates a playful spirit, that is completely animated and peaceful. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has done the seemingly impossible, uniting and awakening humanity across the planet. He has crossed religious and cultural barriers with the open heartedness of a child and the wisdom of a saint.
I have come to meditate, to experience his divine presence. I am unable to sit comfortably in the chair, and so I decide to go to the back of the room and sit cross legged on the floor. I close my eyes, my breath deepens, my mind becomes spacious. I am home. He speaks softly, his words are simple. There is a harmonious and melodic quality to his voice. I suddenly feel the pulse quicken at my ajna chakra, my mind becomes instantaneously one pointed, the boundaries of myself dissolve into the vastness of my being, and I feel the transmission of bliss. When my eyes open I realize that I am sitting directly in front of Sri Sri. I smile, he smiles.
A little girl, no more than two, is dressed in kundalini white. She has a little fountain of blonde hair on the top of her head, and a box of red panda licorice in her hands. She is behind the table next to me and is giving Daniel, an “Art of Living” teacher, a piece. Pure love. In my mind I say, I want a piece of licorice too! She immediately walks around the whole length of the extended table, she has heard me! With a radiant smile she assures me that she is on her way. Her soul is shining, she looks into my eyes and says, ” I am going to give you one.” Her perfectly tiny hands reach in, and she pulls out two. “I am going to give you two, she forms her fingers into a peace sign. I cup my hands as they fall. Then she turns around and walks back to her mother. One human being giving selflessly to another, this is seva, this is love.
Real truth is merely love, that which cannot be defined, that which is ineffable. His holiness embodies and transmits this love with great humility, sincerity and grace. He is a uniting presence, bringing forth the innately Divine nature of humanity. Every human being longs to know, through their intimate experience, who they are. This is the yearning, the desire that is the catalyst for awakening. Is it any wonder that we gravitate towards those who have actualized their potential, their true nature? We refer to these people as holy because they have become the living truth, love. There is an absence of suffering, an abiding peace and joyfulness in their being. How is this possible? What allows them to experience this?
Simply, they are relaxed. In relaxing we naturally enter a state of expansion and awareness, a state of receptivity and acceptance. There is a sense of spaciousness. This spaciousness accommodates whatever we experience with equanimity. When we relax the breath we relax the body, when we relax the body we relax the mind, when we relax the mind we experience liberation. The conditioning and habituation that normally defines our thinking, our perceptions, and our behavior is no longer predominate. We are now able to respond to life authentically, with spontaneity and ease. Effortlessness arises out of non-resistance. When we relax we become our natural meditative and awakened Self.
I invite you to experiment with relaxation as a means to “realization.” Make this your everyday sadhana, and practice. See how this affects your life.
Written: April 26, 2010