I just returned to Mount Soma from a wonderful class in San Francisco. It had a bit of a different feeling from any class I have ever given.
One memorable moment was when someone said that they felt that they needed to live in the “real world” which is what they are accustomed to. My relationship with this person is so long standing and solid that I knew I could respond bluntly. “You mean that twisted pinball machine of a world?”
Her smile invited me to go on, “You call that the real world? What a strange relationship with life… with the notion of reality. It is as if you are so accustomed to living in a meat grinder that it has become the only reality you believe in. Life is not meant to be the way your ‘real world’ has led you to believe.”
She responded very well. It was, I believe, eye-opening for her. After a brief pause I could not help but to look down, shake my head, and mutter under my breath, “The real world.”
Life is meant to be evolutionary. “Street Smart” is a rationalization for looking out at life while your nose is in the gutter and deciding that things stink.
Do not allow yourself to live that kind of life. Bringing forth the Age of Enlightenment is about birthing a lotus flower out of the muddy swamp.
Please do not live a life where you believe the mud is the real world. If you must believe in a “Real World,” believe in the lotus flower and join me to bring it forth for all humanity.
That is not so far away, but we must keep our eye on the ball.
Beam me up (to Mt Soma) Scotty. I totally understand those feelings, however. I cried everytime I left MS. I cannot wait to come Home. The meat grinder analogy is so spot on. Jai Guru Dev!
Jai Guru Dev!
My experience with the ‘real world’ came after a week of being on Mount Soma. I went for a walk and stepped through the entry gate (to meet the challenge of some fellow walkers). I went from feeling “normal” to everything outside that gate being flat, 2-dimensional, gray, dull. THAT is my experience of the outside (“real”) world. “Meat grinder” works, too… :O) I have been trying to get back to the real world of Mount Soma more permanently ever since.
The S.F. class was different for me also in regards to how I felt.I closed my eyes several times and imagined the knowledge absorbing right through my chest and bypassing what is between my ears.I felt so much at peace throughout the intire weekend.I would say to some up the weekend for me,I feel an even greater sence of my journey..which is to continue bailing all that water out of my boat until the “real world” reveals itself to me.I have endless appreciation for you Brahmarishi and although I cannot imagine what the real world is or isn’t..when I am in class with you I have subtle moments when I feel what is unimaginable anyway.
Many lifetimes of Thank You’s to you.
I loved this exchange… it showed how more and more you are becoming less and less shy about your Truth.
Your dialogue around Street Smarts was also perfectly revealing of the truth.
There are an infinite number of angles of approaching what she was expressing… I believe you choose the wisest angle. Mount Soma is a wonderful blessing that you have bestowed on the world and will be a pillar of support through the coming transition… a number of us will continue to walk outside the gates of Mount Soma… embodying the teachings as best we can. I think integration of the Real world of your teachings changes the real world of the meat grinder to one more closely resembling the Real world of the lotus flower you speak of…
maybe my current belief system is too limiting but that is where I am…
A wise old man once said; “to be in the world but not of it.”
I like to say; “I am of Mount Soma, but not living in it. Yet.”
Jai Shiva Shankara