DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold
January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for
about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went
through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes,
a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace
and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his
About 4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in
the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
At 6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his
watch and started to walk again.
At 10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along
hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother
pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.
This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without
exception – forced their children to move on quickly.
At 45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and
listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at
their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour: He
finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded.
There was no recognition at all.
No one knew this,
but the violinist was
one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most
intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before, Joshua
Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats
averaged $200 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C.
Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social
experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.
This experiment raised
*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen
to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music
ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
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Your name is not you. It is ink on paper and ink on paper
cannot say I am Richard.
Your mind is not you as it is only a collection of unpredictable, whimsical, often irrational thoughts, impressions and memories. So when the mind says I am Richard, it is a conditioned response programmed into the brain by my parents early on in life, an impression which dies and dissolves into nothingness when the body dies.
The body is not you as it is a DNA programmed food body made from food and sustained by food. It too cannot say I am Richard. It ages, grows, decays, dies and rots becoming food for the worms or the crematorium.
Then how does anything ever happen? I sense that Source Energy sends a thought, an input to the brain, the brain reacts and based on its DNA programming and environmental, parental, peer group, etc. conditioning it creates a mental, emotional or physical action, an output, which in turn creates a consequence according to karmic law.
Considering the foregone conclusions it would appear that we are all pre-programmed, free will is questionable, there is no you, nor me implying that thinking is happening, talking is happening, eating is happening, driving is happening, smelling is happening, hearing is happening, reading is happening, writing is happening, feeling is happening, etc., but there is no Richard, no doer thereof.
The Absolute is Eternal and unchangeable. The mind-body concept is temporal and changeable. Based on these findings it is impossible to be my name, body or mind.
For the first time in my spiritual quest I realize that Self Realization cannot be forecasted or found as it is something that has never been lost, but rather there is something to be deeply understood intuitively, immediately.
It appears that some people get Self Realization spontaneously for no apparent reason; others get with a lot of hard work, others never get it no matter how hard they work.
I think that when a particular stage is reached, the table is set appropriately and the ground is fittingly prepared there comes about an appropriate change spontaneously from within.
Thus, according to these deductions and my interpretation of the core teachings of Advaita Yoga the sadhana is simple: Hold the conviction you are not your name, nor your mind, nor your body understanding that thinking is happening, walking is happening, eating is happening, etc. and there is no doer, no Richard, thereof.
Intellectual understanding was my first step. Apperception is needed now to stop my moving in a circle, like the dog chasing its tail.
Note: This work is learned from and interpreted from the teachings of Ramana Maharishi, Sri Nisagardatta and Ramesh Balsekar as it is understood by the author.
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Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Healing Prayer for the Gulf:
"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living
creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.
To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral,
algae, and all living creatures . . .
I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
I love you. "
Surrender to Love. Trust, accept, let go of fear and resistance. Thank you family for the beautiful reflections, inspirations, rememberances and teachings. "We are an old family, we are a new family, we are the same family, stonger than before. And we honor you and inpower you to be who you are."
Reflections after a wonderful ceremony with close friends, old family and new family. We are all everything and nothing at the same time. We are all so beautiful and valuable in our true beings, outside of our stories, outside of our imaginings, inside of our hearts. We are all different and we are all the same, shadow and light, duality seeking unity. Love, respect and graditude from my heart to yours.
I think with my mind, I am not my mind, it is but one part of me.
I manifest my thoughts into the physical world through my words. May I speak my truth for myself and others. Using my words to communicate compassion, clarity and understanding.
I follow my heart as my compass, guided by my intentions, being clear in my actions. I treat others as I desire to be treated. I surrender to love and acceptance.