Deep inside, you already know everything. Yet, it is shrouded by your conditioning.
You are conditioned, programmed, to believe a certain way and in certain things. Those conditioned impressions are called Samskaras. Though samskaras overshadow the Divine depth of your being, they do not entirely block your connection with it. You still sense it. When you hear truth, it resonates with that depth. Yet however erroneous, the surface (the samskaras) are what you habitually return to, and cling to, for a belief system, safety, familiarity, and comfort. Samkaras are like that old tattered coat, though aged and worn there is just something about it that keeps you coming back.
Life goes on. Truth, time and again, presents itself, resonates with your depth, is aspired to, and then abandoned once again, in the name of that old tattered coat called samskara. With dedication, through reflection, self-honesty, meditation, and the hard knocks of life… slowly, slowly you move in the direction of truth. Yet the path is seldom a straight line. It winds, turns, curves back on it self, freezes, slips, slides, entices, seduces, distracts, is rejected, doubted, feared, loved… on and on. The Guru is there always. Yet the Guru, as the embodiment of that path, is also loved, resented, aspired to, drawn to, feared, hated, rejected, longed for… on and on.
But you keep going. Just as all water necessarily returns to the ocean, in time you overcome your overshadowing samskaras to rest in the depth of your being to become unshakably established in that. Until that tipping point is reached, your allegiance remains to the surface. Truth is just a faint cry from the distance at first, hidden away in a deep, dark, pathless jungle. Evade as you may, it is undeniable in its steadfast presence and haunting allure. The Guru is there always, holding up the beacon that lights the way. While your samskaras are in control, the Guru can be experienced as an annoyance… a thorn in your side. And the rationalizations then abound. After all… he is just a man, right?
He knows full well that, in time, you will awaken to your Truth… the Universal Truth… the Divine that underlies, birthed, and eternally upholds all of life, no matter where you journey, what you choose to believe, or how you are feeling. Like gravity, the Grace of the Guru is eternally present. And in time, you will find Him at the heart of your own being… within you, as you. For in reality, he does not exist on the surface. He is the embodiment of the depth. The One, Universal, Eternal You, Me, all that is.
You will find that One Truth within yourself, just as surely as every drop of rain, in time, returns to the ocean.
Your teachings, your guidance, seems to so often resonate with an exact moment or situation I’m working through. It is this capacity of the Guru that is most fascinating and touches my heart. I have only met you a couple of times and live miles away, but I have continually felt a connection to you, like you are watching out for your students all over the world. Can you touch upon this aspect of the Guru? And are these feelings more of my samskaras or a deeper awakening to Truth? Or perhaps a twisting of both?
Beautiful Bramarshi…the opportunities and potential you have laid at our feet…surely we are among the most fortunate…
truth sings its song.. by grace …resonating “come home”.
blessings of love & gratitude to you for sharing this message as it honors truth and honors each of our responses. truly a holy day!!
One of the most beautiful and inspirational blogs. Well-timed and much appreciated, as always.
Jai Guru Dev
In response to Erik’s question:
Everything is interconnected in Oneness. For that reason, when one speaks from that place of Oneness, the words connect directly to every subject, every issue, every individual.
Jai Siva Sankara.
Great response from a Great Master Teacher… Thank you for blazing the trail…
With much love and gratitude,
Interesting, a busy day at work, suddenly a brief break. “I’ll take a quick look at the blog;” a ‘quick look’ turns into an hour. What is important comes back into focus. “Finding it within you” brings encouragement. The universal message helps me feel not so alone. How wonderful to be reminded that our seemingly endless journey is shared by so many others.
Erik’s entire post resonates with me. Thanks Erik for what you had to say.
Thank you Bramarshi. In the midst of falling off track, there you are again reminding me that what is attracting me is the Samskara, not the Universal Truth that I seek. Jai Siva Sankara.
Jai Guru Dev.
I read this blog in sections first(because of many interruptions:)and then went back and read it again a couple of times. I believe I now have a better understanding of the writings of devotion that the great masters of the past received from people of that time.Some of it of course legendary.I too want to stand on the mountain top and announce..We have help!! and just like history…only a few will hear.Thank you Billy for (softly)shouting at me.
The beacon you hold Brahmarshi is beautifully bright.. like nothing else.
Believe it or not I could sense that. I was feeling you.
That sort of thing happens a lot to me and seems to be happening more and more. Yesterday I had an appointment. Knowing I was running late I never the less was compelled to hop in my car to check on Bill. Driving up I decided to, half for fun, tell him that Divine Intervention was telling me he needed me. Upon getting out of the car and approaching him he called out first, “Where have you been? I’ve called you on the phone 20 times.” The phone lines were out and he needed me. I could feel him calling.
Like that Nancy, I could feel you getting pulled off track. We all have our life’s lessons. In a nutshell, yours is to determine your proper track from within YOURSELF and stay on track. Of course, you already know that. You just tend to get off track… but here I repeat myself.
I have been speaking to you lately…through the ether…from my soul. I know you feel all of us so deeply, and I can’t express enough my gratitude for knowing, always knowing, that the grace of my Guru is ever present.
Thank you from the deepest depths of my being…
Thank you!! Jai Guru Dev
How very blessed we are by these teachings from a great master. To this I give thanks.
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It is going on 13 years since I walked into that first class and felt accepted, supported and understood. During the years you have guided, encouraged and challenged me. For all of the above I thank you and am glad I am fortunate to be your student.
All that I am and have become, I lay at the feet of my Guru
Michael B. – You are very welcome. Over those 7 years I sometimes wanted to shout louder, but I always felt like we could communicate on a level. -Billy