People get distracted by the world. Making money, or just surviving, or succeeding in some career or project, or finding the right relationship, becomes all important, and enlightenment, awakening, takes second place. You can never find it that way. It has to be the central focus. Then, as Nisargadatta says, it is easy, or relatively so. After all, we always, usually, come upon that which we most want.Put your liberation first and everything follows. That's the way it works --- truly!
The good news is you can still have worldly success, the right relationship or whatever (I am totally a proponent of both), but you have to get your priorities in the right order. Then everything happens. It is just like Jesus taught, "Seek first the kingdom of God, and everything else shall be given to you." The "kingdom" is a metaphor for liberation, true inner freedom. One of my goals as a teacher and writer is to make the message so compelling and inspiring that people say "Yes, I want this. I want to be free. I want inner freedom to be the central focus of my life."
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Here's an observation by Jim Dreaver from an interview he gave for Allspirit: