Day after day, like blind chickens, they follow the trail that they already know and that obviously has nothing new in store. Thinking, feeling and acting are all based on what is known, on the “experience” of the old days, and so you attune yourself to a life that is tantamount to slowly dying.
“No human being worthy of being human is predictable.” There is also a beautiful story about Buddha, shortly after his enlightenment; he went from one village to another:
“It was summer and very hot. He came to a riverbank. The shore was sandy and wet and Buddha left footprints on the sand. A little later, by chance, a great astrologer passed by, on his way home from Kashi, the stronghold of Hindu learning, where he had just finished his studies. He could now predict the future flawlessly. So on the way home he saw the footprints in the sand.
He couldn’t believe his eyes because according to the scriptures these were the footprints of a great emperor, an emperor who rules the whole world: “How come an emperor – a chakravartin* who rules the whole world – such a poor village at one so hot day to visit? And barefoot at that?”
(*Chakravartin denotes an ideal, comprehensive ruler in the Indian religions; note JJK)
But the footprints were clear and left no doubt. So he thought: ‘Either all my science is wrong, for apparently this man is a beggar, although according to the books an emperor, even the greatest emperor in the world; So either my science is wrong or I need to track down this man. Maybe he really is that emperor and some coincidence brought him by here.”
So he followed the footprints. Buddha sat under a tree. As the astrologer approached, he only grew more confused. The first glance told him that he was looking at an emperor – but there sat a beggar.
Buddha had the character of an emperor throughout.
He was emperor like no one had ever been before. But in rags – as a beggar!
So the astrologer asked: “Please put me out of my confusion – you have completely confused me. I studied in Kashi for fifteen years; it seems I’ve wasted fifteen years learning the art of divining the future. Now I’ve just finished, I’m a qualified and certified astrologer, and you’re shaking all my art. Please tell me: are you a beggar? Or are you a chakravartin, a great emperor who rules the whole world?
My existence depends on your answer. If you tell me you’re a beggar, I can throw away all the books I’m carrying here and they’ll be worthless. Into the river with them! And I can go home empty-handed – fifteen years in vain! Or else you are a Chakravartin. Please say me.”
Buddha opened his eyes and said, “Your confusion is understandable. But as luck would have it – you have met a man who is the only exception among ten thousand. Your writings may apply to nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine people. Just not on one. But you won’t come across this one again, so keep your books, don’t throw them in the river. It’s next to impossible that you should encounter that single exception again.”
The astrologer asked: “What is your secret – how is it that you evade interpretation?”
Buddha replied, “By awareness.
I never repeat the same mistake, I never repeat the same pattern. I have become human. I’m not a machine anymore. YOU cannot predict what I will do next. The next moment is unknown. Not only for you, but also for me. He is absolutely unknown. He will surrender – no one can foresee him.” (Osho, the Sufi Way, p. 160 ff)
To be alive
The fear of the new, of the unknown, inhibits you and you prefer to trust the old patterns and remain inert – lifeless and far from the flow of life.
As the world changes, many of you make no attempt to change yourselves by being curious about new realities. That means facing life, that means living, because that’s what life brings. This development, which has undoubtedly started now, cannot be tackled with the old perspectives and habits.
The amazement, the daring, to try something new, to reinvent yourself, to look at the world with new eyes, to look anew at the path you take every day and to recognize the changes, that is necessary now, otherwise you will fall asleep deeply of the unconscious a continuation. Awareness is only possible if you open yourself to the unknown! It is to become like children and not remain like adults, frozen in the eternal ice of fixed ideas, fixed assumptions and ideas about life.
Life is alive – constant change. No moment is like the other, no day repeats itself.
But how many days do you repeat? How often do you experience the same and the same? How attached are you to your habits without breaking them?
As the people around you change, you still believe that they are as you knew them then. Your fixed images, run in and stuffed into drawers, prevent every new encounter and exclude every new observation. Even those who are really close to you, you do not believe in change, change and progress.
“He/she is just like that, you know him/her!” I hear you say that and in this way you are lost and you will not grow one iota, become conscious, clear and awake.
Thinking new thoughts, speaking words from a new mind and taking actions on a new basis, contemplating each moment, unbiased and awake, innocent and observing. This is awareness, this is life, this is love. Anything else means slow dying, years of suicide, the installment plan with death.
Life means experiencing every moment innocently, always looking at it with new eyes, even if it seems so familiar through repetition.
Trust people to make any change!
Trust that this is the only way that the changes that are about to happen can happen. Without this confidence you block this development and it scrapes your life.
1. Expect the unknown with curiosity and interest!
2. Do not fear it, for life itself is what takes care of you – not the ingrained patterns of life you have previously attributed it to.
3. Rediscover your fellow human beings! Trust them as well as you every, absolutely every realization – everything is change!
4. The flow of life brings movement, uninterrupted change, for all life is change. Yesterday doesn’t count, neither does tomorrow – only the now!
Remaining in the usual and entrenched ways of thinking and living means staying away from life. Know this and enjoy the experience of the unknown. A new life awaits you, rebirth as a fully conscious being.
Everything is change, you can ignore this, so you are destined to live a life of stagnation, but if you open yourselves to it, you will receive the insight, the knowledge of the masters. Because then you are master and the knower in one. Inseparable in unity with God.
The seventh key of life, which is exceedingly important for this time – if the door to this knowledge remains closed, life itself cannot open up to you.
Throw overboard what has so far led you to believe that you are safe. Get rid of the habits of thinking, feeling and acting and gain new insights.
Life takes place beyond that and is a daily wonder at how everything changes, how everything moves and how good it feels to trust the unknown.
For it is through these “foreigners” that God works. He, the Eternal Familiar, works through the unknown to make us grow and raise our awareness.
Once you understand that, a life principle is grasped. The principle by which every change in the universe is described, for everything is change – constantly, from the beginning to the end of time and into eternity.
**Channel: Jahn J Kassl
**Translation by EraofLight.com