THIS IS ISHA'S INTRODUCTION TO TODAYS DARSHAN...
When we’re children, we perceive our parents as gods. Then we begin to see their humanity, and we start to pull them off their pedestals. We start to perceive them as people that limit us, control us, abandon us; there’s a multitude of things that we perceive as wrong with our parents. Sometimes it’s one parent, sometimes it’s both; it just depends. But gradually, they start to slip from their pedestal.
We go through stages: our parents are god, then they become awfully human and we start to blame them for all of our shortcomings, all our problems. We start doing therapy, we start to try and heal the mother within us and the father within us, and we start to create our parents outside. It’s true, isn’t it? We marry our parents, we give birth to our parents, we go to school with our parents; in fact our parents are everywhere. Because our parents represent the initial separation; the initial separation from unconditional love. That love that is so complete within itself, it wants for nothing. That love; that love. We spend our whole lives looking for that. And of course, as you’re starting to realize, the irony is, we are that love. That love is in you and we’re coming home to that love now. That’s why you’re here.
How do I come home to that love? I focus on it; I focus on the love. And then I start to express the resentment, the disillusionment, the abandonment; all of the different aspects that I judge out here, and in my head. I express them to let them go and I see them everywhere. This is a process that takes time, but it’s a very short period of time if you do this system 100%. Not just the keys; they’ll take you so far, but they’re not going to give you absolute freedom. There are other aspects of consciousness which are equally as important, and those aspects form the Isha System. Removing our masks, being vulnerable, opening ourselves to receive love. These are all things that are so difficult for humans t do, because we are always protecting ourselves, guarding ourselves; we don’t trust other people. Why not? Because we’ve been taught not to: through our life experiences we have created separation. We’ve created the vulnerability of the human experience. It’s our creation, although it doesn’t feel like it is. We feel that god is like a puppeteer, and we’re like marionettes that are dancing. But we’re not controlling the strings. We think there’s someone else controlling the strings, and we feel like victims to our circumstance, to our experience. We become victims. But none of it is true. You created everything. You created you parents, you created your dramas, you created your separation, you created your abandonment… you created everything so that you could be human.
A STUDENT ASKS...
What is being real?
Just to remove your masks, to feel your emotions, to express your judgments. This is a great environment, because here everyone is playing the same game. We all create our parents everywhere, our schoolteachers everywhere, our children everywhere! They’re everywhere. You’re going to create them coming to you, and you’re going to be able to express, and you’re going to be able to let go, and you’re all going to be playing the same game, because you’re all focused on giving to each other. Is it easy? No, it takes courage. But it takes courage to be free. To be passive, to stay the same; that’s easy, but ultimately, the masks have to go. They have to go. You have to speak the truth. You have to be real, with the desire to let go. Not to change the outside; just to let go. I express this to let go. Then the love grows. I express this to heal the separation, then the love grows. Why? Because it’s an illusion. Everything is you. Everything is me. You love some parts of yourself, and other parts you don’t love, but you will; you’ll love it all, but from your heart, not intellectually. From your heart.