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Ihave often spoken about what a
precious time this period on the
earth is. A time of quickening, of
awakening, a time where ordinary
people like us can actually awaken to the
tr uth of our selves. We don't need to be
extraordinary in the sense of sainthood, or
karma, or spiritual practice, or deprivation,
or brilliance. There have been enough
extraordinary people who have gone
before us. They have pointed the way
so that now there is a real possibility for
ordinar y people to wake up.
At this time, with events around the
globe, we surely recognise that the hope
that affluence protects us or even that
democracy can protect us is an illusion. All
of a sudden, the whole world is very close,
Spiritual teacher Gangaji issues a challenge for peace.
and this closeness is often uncomfortable
and generates distrust in our world
and each other. As a result, the call to
awakening is even more urgent.
Awakening is now essential, as we
can no longer live as we have lived. We
can no longer think and act as we have
thought and acted. Our planet can no
longer support our old ways. The call to
awakening now is the recognition that the
patterns of hatred and blame that go on
in our minds and are reflected in the
world can stop.
And we can't wait for anyone else
to stop. We don't know what the final
result will be of stopping these ancient,
destructive patterns, but each of us knows
we have the opportunity to stop the
cycle. Each of us can take personal
responsibility for the awakening that is
much more than personal.
It is time to stop the battles within
ourselves and in our worlds (our families,
our communities, our nations, our planet.)
The war between ego and superego,
the wars between my religion and your
religion, my colour and your colour, my
gender and your gender, my opinion and
your opinion can end. We can disagree
and experience differences in peace. We
Wars are apparent in the world, but
they start with each of us, individually. At
this point in time we who are reading this
are extremely privileged to not be facing
star vation, to not immediately be facing
bombing, to not be facing torture, to not
be facing being ostracised or stoned for
attending meetings of our choice.
We are extremely privileged and we
can use that privilege to give some time
to stopping the cycles of destr uction.
Or, our privilege can be trivialised. We
can continue our old ways and spend
our precious lifeforce and time to notice
what we don't have. We can be focused
on always getting or attracting more. We
can continue to blame "the other" and
particular circumstances for our lack of
This kind of thinking, of always
wanting more, has a horrendous
momentum. It is the momentum that
finally leads to war. But this huge and
powerful momentum is nothing in the
face of conscious enquiry. In a moment
of conscious enquiry, the momentum to
want, to blame, to hate, and to make war
all disappears in less than a second.
To consciously enquire, we must be
simply willing to stop following all the
thoughts that are based on our prior
assumptions. We must be willing to be
still, with no thought, and discover what
is here. We finally must discover what is
Even if the familiar habits, the familiar
hopes, and the familiar self destructive
thoughts somehow mysteriously arise
again and again, enquiry is always available
to set the mind free.
These old habits will continue to arise
as long as there is some hope that if
this thought is indulged -- and those
generated from this core thought -- this
time it will deliver just what is wanted:
"He or she will love me, I will love them,
they will always treat me well, I will always
treat them well, the world will be at peace,
everybody will be rich, everybody will be
happy. I'll just go into this pattern one
The invitation from my teacher and
his teacher is absolutely radical. It is to
stop right now. Stop all blaming, all
fantasising, all replaying, and all hoping.
Take full responsibility to recognise what
is at peace right now within you, what
needs nothing from the past or the present
or the future to augment that peace or
even prove that peace.
Stop and discover what is fulfilled in
itself. And in the next moment, be tr ue to
that -- not as some theory or abstraction
or even belief, but as a surrendering of
the seductive, false, hope-generating
thoughts in order to see what is always
here. Meet whatever emotion,
circumstance, fear, or hope that may
appear without resorting to the habitual
pattern of making war with it or
indulging it. Meet it all to discover what
is always present.
If we tell the truth, it is really pretty
simple. I invite each of you to take the
responsibility of the world into your
heart. Not the burden of the world, but
the ability to respond to all is at the centre
of this invitation. Now. Not tomorrow
when you've done something more or
less. In this moment.
I'm not suggesting you fix anything.
I'm inviting you to take the totality of
the universe into your heart, and in the
willingness to take the totality into your
heart, to see if your heart has a limit.
Enquire into the vastness of your heart.
Do you find a limit?
1. Gangaji and her husband, Enneagram
teacher Eli Jaxon-Bear, will be touring the
East coast for events in November and
December. See www.leela.org
'In a moment of conscious
enquiry, the momentum to
want, to blame, to hate, and
to make war all disappears
in less than a second.'
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