The suppressed anxieties and fears you have
express themselves in the form of thoughts or
dreams. Never take them seriously; they are mere
subconscious projections of your fears. You do
not have direct control over them. If you want
to grow beyond thoughts, you must cultivate
detachment towards the world. Train your
subconscious mind when your mind is agile and it
will gradually conquer all fears and concerns.
A man dreamt that all of his nine children had
passed away and he sat crying through the event.
He woke up to realize it was a nightmare and
smiled. Just then his wife came in saying that
his last son had passed away. Noting no reaction
in her husband, she questioned him, to which he
replied, ‘I had a nightmare that all our
children had passed away and I have wept enough
for them. I have no tears left in me for one
child.’ Some dreams may prepare you for the
future. And again, these stem from attachments
to worldly relations and possessions.
A merchant received news that his ship had sunk.
Depressed, he broke down weeping. Just then his
manager came to him with the news that they
could recover the losses through insurance
claims. The merchant’s sorrow gave way to joy.
Just as he sat up smiling, his manager came in
again with the news that they had forgotten to
renew the insurance. And the merchant went back
to regretting over his losses.
This is an instance to show how the human mind
oscillates between joy and sorrow, because of
its attachment. When its expectations are
fulfilled, the mind experiences joy. When its
expectations are not met, the mind experiences
Siva Shankar Baba is ready to embrace death with
open arms; I am not distressed; I am contented.
I consider it a wasteful exercise repeatedly
undergoing life’s experiences, when I have grown
beyond life. Once you have done with your
excursion to a tourist place, what is left but
to pack off for home? I was on an excursion to
Earth, I have had my fill of life’s experiences
and now I am all set to pack off for my Eternal
Home. All of us are celestials and we are
touring this world. Once our ‘outing’ is over,
we need to return to our Home.
When you understand this, you will gradually
experience detachment and progress towards
contentment. And then, just as I do, you will be
in meditation internally, even though you carry
on with your responsibilities externally.
Nothing will affect you. At that stage, there is
no place for worldly thoughts. But remember -
you cannot leave the world in a state of
distress. You can bid farewell to it, only when
you achieve contentment, when you grow beyond
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