Take flight

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi

Human lives were always dependent on each other and with every other species. We were interconnected in ways which were symbiotic and supporting each other. Especially with other beings, we evolved together. We were the species which brought meaning and purpose to a lot of life and able to articulate the aspirations and dependencies better. We were the only species which knew the truth and the absolute creation as a whole. We discovered new lands, invented things to make our lives better, and we were ever curious. Our curiosity has led to everything we use in our modern lives. We are perhaps one of the very few species which was able to take a broader perspective on life and evolution. Something is happening to us in the evolutionary journey as we grow our dependence on very fewer species, and our curiosity gets limited to information creation and access. We have become too dependant on financial based sustenance and success based on wealth creation; we are missing our capabilities which are within.We are getting used to our limitations rather than questioning them. What we are truly capable is what we have to rediscover from within ourselves.

Only when we know that we carry wings, can we spread them

Only when we spread the wings, can we fly!

Human potential is truly unlimited. The depth of human thought or strength of human will, the courage of the heart or the power of survival, the fight of the ailing body or the grit of the connected mind, the vastness of intelligence or the potential of human determination, the finesse of the healing touch or the beauty of compassion – everything is an incomparable gift in collective to our human evolution. Yet, we have or beginning to forget our true nature and become addicts to convenience. We know our strength through human evolution, but we have to be careful of not losing it. We have fought through generations to become what we are; we cannot crawl in our existence now. To look beyond the maze of mental barriers and physical limits, we have to move up to a terrace. To look beyond our weak ties of communities and small nuances of everyday life we have to look through a window of an airplane. To look beyond geographical boundaries and embrace the oneness of the planet we have to be in space. To look beyond what we can and to embrace our true nature we just have to close our eyes and look within. Only by rediscovering our true nature can know our wings and unfold them. Only when we soar we can see the bigger picture. When we do, the world becomes one and gets smaller, and we begin to become insignificant.

Being you

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“Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” ~ Rumi

Duality is in all of us. We do not want to reveal ourselves as much as we like to, simply because we might be taken for granted. People might use us, leverage our weaknesses and put us down. The more sophisticated this life becomes, the more faces we have and every time hide the many faces. The more you become unreadable to someone else, you are seen as a very successful person. The more you own about yourself, the little others know about you. That veil of pretension is what you get praised for. We see this all around us. We are continuously deceived by people around us whom we trust the most and also somewhere even though small, we deceive others. It is the level of duality we all are, but the truth is deception. Deception comes purely because we live in fear. There is an element of fear in our lives – fear of unmasking ourselves. The fear to let go of our various skins. The fear of being naked in front of yourself. We adore ourselves with the multiple faces we own, similar to the pride of owning and wearing so many clothes. Everyday we dress ourselves with a new cloth, a new face and a new you. It is just adding layers to yourself. It is amazing how we never had any of these pretensions when we were growing up. When we were children, we were just having one face. That one face just reflected who you were. Look around our children- they always are what they are. Never afraid to cry for the simplest things, never scared of letting their emotions go away, never holding on to their aspirations.

Looking at yourself, peel the layers off you from yourself.

Courage replaces fear. The minute you become bold and want to go back to your own self, you are extremely courageous. You do not worry about the faces, what matters is just that one face – the naked self which you will be to everyone including you. It is all about accepting who you are, however you are. It is about letting go of your skins and expressing you as you are. When you start doing this, everyone around you might not like it. People and relationships which came to you looking at your other skins, will leave you. The more you let go of people around you, the more original you can become. The lesser you put up your acts, the more real you become. There is no backstage or the front stage. Everything becomes one. That original you, then brings together the right souls around you. You will see the other souls which live in oneness. Those new relationships you will build last forever, much beyond this life. Those new relationships are built on who you really are, not who you pretend to be. If pretension on the other hand can take you to the real you, then become that real you eventually. The purpose of this life is to become one with who you really are.

Start dropping the skins on you, peeling yourself from yourself one by one. Washing yourself of yourself one by one. Letting go of who you really not are and getting to who you are. Trust that being courageous brings you to the right place, time and the new relationships. That is what who you really are.

True Love

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Love is nothing other than finding the truth. ~Rumi

(I am choosing to take two paths to understand the line, the first is about seeing the truth being painful, second will be truth being bliss!, so two posts on this!)

We are ridden by the present world, where to keep love – we have to cover up. We have to keep ourselves from what we like just to survive the love we know of. Deceit is the new name for love, anger its companion, cheat its accomplice. We hanker to find the new solace, knowing well that even if that was the truth, we have to hide it to keep what we have going. We individually have lost the sense and love to accept nature, accept what we know as truth and transcend our love beyond that. It has also become the norm that we do not want to know the truth, as to accept the truth we have to go beyond being possessive. Possessiveness is the root killer of true love. The more we hold on to what we love, the more we suffocate and the more we want to mask the truth. The classic case of deceit happens only when we hold on to the ones we love beyond what that love can even bear. Truth many times hurts, hurts bad. Like we spoke earlier finding the truth is also a great way to let our ego die sooner. How many of us can take that truth and move our love beyond?

Growing our love even after realising truth might hurt is real unconditional love.

Someone had said earlier, “If you really love something, let it go. If it comes back to you – it truly belonged to you, else not”. When we see our loved one liking someone or something else more than they do to us, we cannot accept it. We want to hold on tightly to that person, so that they won’t leave us. We grow more and more possessive and become ridden with suspicion. We cannot bear the thought of that person leaving us because the truth is that we are insecure. We are scared of loneliness, being left out and dumped. That is more forceful than the actual love we share for that person. On the other hand if we help that person explore their freedom, be unconditional and still share your feelings – no matter whether that person chooses to stay with you or leave – your love does not die. You end up growing your love. Knowing the true love is all about letting go, accept what comes as real even if its not pleasant and love unconditionally. It is a great feeling!