In compassion, which is the passion of divine love, lies the true meaning
of life. Arjuna showed such compassion for a brief moment and the whole
Mahabharata pivoted on that one moment. After a lifetime of preparation
to defend righteousness, now on the eve of the battle Arjuna threw down
his bow and resolved not to fight, because in his mind's eye he saw all
the suffering that would ensue. That was the moment the Lord chose to
teach him the singular truth that there was only his mind, that he was
the Atma, the one Self, and not the body. He was not born and he could
not die, nor could his cousins and his beloved teacher and grandfather
on the other side, die. In Yaani's case also, her compassion welled up
within her at the most improbable moment, and she totally forgot her own
fear and self-concern.
The message is clear... there is nothing in this world of any value whatsoever.
Everything we wish for in the world will eventually change from being
de-lightful to being repulsive and abhorrent. When we recognize that through
our wishes we are responsible for all the disappointment, suffering and
death we perceive, our compassion for the human condition wells up within
us. We be-come inspired to express our function as savior and liberate
the world that we made. This happens when we transform our mind. It is
our love that fuels this change. When we see the heart-wrenching tragi-comedy
of puppet-dolls we made, caught on the whirling merry-go-around, and our
heart melts with compassion and we forget ourself and all our own desires
and problems... at that critical instant the veil of illusion drops off
and unexpectedly and un-planned, we traverse the dark passage of samsara
and emerge into our certain-ty, blazing in the light of self-knowledge.
Then there is only light. There is no more world. There never was any
world, but only light. That is the awakening.
Postscript The ideas presented here can be found in the Sai Baba Gita
and the Workbook and Text of the Course in Miracles. I would greatly encourage
any of you who are seriously interested in healing your mind and transforming
it from separation consciousness to the direct experience of singular
creative reality, to immerse yourself in these, particularly the Course
in Miracles, which Baba has called his highest teaching for the West.
Doing the daily lessons will immeasurably quicken your transformation