I want to share the below conversation I saw/remembered. . .which illustrates the contradictory-looking nature/words of the great Eastern Masters...(that's because, the underlying Reality/illusion itself...is so contradictory...with such a dual nature, that its description too becomes cryptic & even non-sense to the Logical Mind, which can never get it...!)
A great Indian Master was once asked by one of his perplexed disciples,
" Master, I really do not understand...!!
You once said that --
'The journey to Enlightenment is very hard and arduous! '
but..but...I also remember you saying yesterday that--
'Enlightenment is right Here and NOW...you don't have to go anywhere to get it!'
How is this possible..? Isn't that contradictory..? "
To this, the Master nodded his head, smiled and calmly replied:
" Not at all. What i said is true.
Enlightenment, or GOD or whatever you may want to label it...is ALWAYS Right Here, & Right NOW..!
But are YOU..??
It is YOU who is NOT HERE & NOW...!!
You are in your false world of illusions...always either in the PAST or in the FUTURE...either HERE or THERE..!!
Hence, it is YOU who has a long & arduous journey to the HERE & the NOW...!
Enlightenment/GOD...is waiting fer YOU..Right Here, Right Now..!
It is Right here, Right now--in fact all around YOU...in your blood, in your breath, in every heart-beat of yours...!
But are YOU here..?
NO !! NEVER..!!
It is difficult for you to leave the world your ego has created--replete with a false sense of security, wealth, name, etc...!
It needs Courage to take that plunge...& to really "SEE"...the fact that the process is EASY because of GOD...but difficult because of YOU..!!
Love & Best Wishes,
The boy in "rags"