so, ended my official
knowing I AM THAT I AM
living this healty
life at wheels somewhere on the planet
on my way to my
About the filty
accusations on internet I can say:
everyone knows me as an honest, normal and loving person
my conscience is pure . . .
“Is That So?”
if in doubt: do your
own research, it does not interest me
To quote the Gita:
“The wise neither grieve for the living nor for the dead.”
means that the wise understand the big picture, and therefore they
are not concerned with life or death, with pleasure or pain – they
take all as prasad from Isvara. The wise have given up the burden of
karma by understanding that all karma belongs to Isvara, and that
all beings are going to follow their relative nature in any case.
And this brings us to another important issue which is not simple or
easy to understand: svadharma.
Svadharma is our most essential secondary nature as a jiva. If one’s
apparent nature is that of a general guiding his army, his duty is
to fight – especially an unfair and uninvited war. But if one’s
apparent nature is that of “doing good” to others or of a pacifist,
his/her duty is to act in harmony with its cause: to re-establish
justice in whichever possible way.
But if instead one’s svadharma is self-knowledge and moksa (which is
the highest dharma there is), then going around trying to save the
world from suffering and injustice is but a waste of one’s precious
life and intelligence.
As Krishna says,
“Doing the dharma of others is fraught with danger.”
“Is That So?”
The Monk Hakuin and
the Baby—Just the way it is.
There was a monk named Hakuin who was well respected for his work
among the people.
In the village, there lived a young woman, the daughter of the food
sellers. The young woman became pregnant by her boy friend who
worked nearby in the fish market. When the parents found out about
this, they were very angry and pressured her to reveal the name of
the father. She wanted to protect the young man and blurted out the
name of Hakuin as the father.
After the baby was born, the parents took the baby to Hakuin. They
told Hakuin that he was responsible for the baby and left the infant
with him. He responded: “Is that so?” And he simply accepted the
responsibility for the child without further reaction.
The monk had no experience with babies. But he began to care for its
needs, finding food, clothing, and warm shelter. The other villagers
became very angry with Hakuin for his offense and his reputation was
trashed. These comments did not affect Hakuin, who continued to put
his effort and attention into the care of the baby.
After several years, the young woman was filled with remorse. She
confessed to her parents the name of the true father. They
immediately went to see Hakuin, apologized, and took the baby back
with them. Hakuin watched as they returned to there home with the
child he had cared for since birth and replied “Is that so?”
“Is that so?” reflects the acceptance of what the moment brings.
Acceptance in the sense that one responds appropriately to the
situation with a calm mind and spirit. There are no calls of
fairness or unfairness, of being experienced in the task or not, of
complaining about a lost reputation, of wishing that it were
different. The needs of present are simply addressed.
More than the physical situation, it is the spirit of the monk’s
mind at the initial instant that the situation arises that makes his
actions so compelling.It is not passive acceptance; there is direct
action here.The calm mind allows effort to be fully directed to the
situation without dispersal of energy.
The same tasks of caring for the baby could also be done with
resentment or a turbulent mind. Then, there is room for fairness and
unfairness, complaining and wishing it were different. Same tasks,
but the energy is completely different.
All of these stories are about the reader, not a fiction story about
the monk. The situation may be one at work, home, or with a friend
that brings the same apparent unfairness and inconvenience to an
individual at the moment. Responding with a calm or turbulent mind
makes all the difference.
The calm spirit is within the potential of all humans.