A seeker must first discover the main cause of his ‘dis-ease’. Treatment cannot begin until the disease is diagnosed. We see our weakness and deficiency in others. A lustful person sees others as lustful. A cheat finds others deceitful. The irony is that we do not recognise those weaknesses in us! If we can realise this, our spiritual path will become clear.
Many times, we wonder, ‘I know my weakness and the pain caused by it; why then do I repeat such actions? Why do they not just go away?’ The enlightened ones say that in reality, you have not known your weakness. Only after going through its consequences, you give a thought to it. Say you hit someone and he hits you back. You get injured. Now when you are sitting wrapped-up in bandages, you think that anger is wrong and painful and decide you will never do it again. By this, you have known the result of violence, not anger. If you had seen or known anger, you wouldn’t have needed bandages or have had to ask for atonement. You know only the past. Your knowing has no connection with the present. You surface only when the anger is gone. While it is there, you are not present.
How can you know anger when you are not there? Later, you cannot know it ‘as it is’ because what is left is only its impression. If you can observe while it is at work, it will stop.
You fall prey to your passion repeatedly; yet, you say you know its pain! You haven’t known, you have only heard.
You say you know sorrow. If you had really known sorrow, you would have known that wherever there is joy written, there is unhappiness also. What you thought was happiness was unhappiness. Because of delusion.
Open your eyes and learn to see the truth. When happiness calls out, don’t run in that direction. Making happiness as your goal, you have suffered. Now make peace as your goal. Peace means you neither want happiness nor unhappiness. They are both excitement while peace is the state of non-excitement.
You come to satsang for peace, yet sometimes you feel uneasy. Why? Perhaps you have started to see the truth so you are experiencing pain. Knowing truth is painful because the false image that you had created is now crumbling down.
Satsang brings awareness, which breaks the false image. So, it’s not because of Satsang that one gets disturbed but it’s because you start seeing your inner ugliness that you feel disturbed and fearful. You feel you had come for peace but you are experiencing just the opposite of it.
In Satsang your masks are off. How would you attain peace without facing the truth? If you want peace, you will have to face the truth. If you become hostile towards your welfare, you are inviting doom. Only if you can welcome truth you can attain peace.
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