Kahlil Gibran wrote in his book, The Prophet, ‘Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
A lot depends on what we really want. We will certainly find time for things that interest us. For things that do not interest us, even if we have the time we will run away from them. So it is not a matter of finding time. Do you really want it? Are you interested? Are you committed? What are doing for it?
If our lives are governed by these three principles, I think we will easily bring forward the lofty goal of absolute balance and enlightenment into the here and now. At the same time, the evolution of our consciousness will help us perform our duties and actions so well that people will be amazed at every little thing we do, be it in business, studies or family life. This perfection will slowly percolate into our relationships and career. So even at a worldly level, it is worth investing our emotional energies into meditation so that we don’t lose our balance.
And there are many other reasons to meditate even after we reach that lofty height of spirituality. Not only will we achieve the goal for ourselves, we can then meditate for others. Whenever we meditate and think of someone else, that person in some miraculous way is also affected by our condition. And when another person is thinking of us when we meditate, automatically our consciousness touches their hearts. They also feel at ease, at peace. So our meditation not only brings a revolution in our own hearts and so much peace and tranquility, it also helps others who are not actively meditating by the simple fact that they are associated with us in some way.
One day, I was asking some young people a question: “How long is the spiritual journey?” One person answered very brilliantly, “The blink of an eye.” That means we can achieve the highest within a fraction of a second. Another person said, “It is infinite, never ending.” Both are right. We expand infinitely with love and contract infinitely into that zero state with the blink of an eye and are totally gone within. That is also infinity. The contraction and expansion is a constant process in which we expand with love and contract into insignificance. This exercise should go on.
Reprinted with permission by Kamlesh D Patel from Designing Destiny, 2019. https://www.daaji.org/designing-destiny/
(Kamlesh D Patel is the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today.)