Discrimination – “The ability to notice subtle differences” – This is how the ancient Vedas describe it.
Recently my Spiritual teacher talked about discrimination at length and quoted a verse from our Adhi Guru – “A human being’s soul is PURE in proportion to his ability to discriminate.” This is one of the fundamental qualities that a spiritual aspirant is insisted to develop to reach the supreme state. The question is – discrimination of what?
Permanent vs Impermanent. Most of the time we don’t realize that everything in this world of matter is impermanent and in a state of flux or change. Right from my very own self. Even at the physical level I have changed from a fetus to an adult, and I’m still changing in ways that I myself am not able to perceive until the changes are glaring to my own eyes. Such is my state of perception. And to perceive the changes around me seems impossible.
Now, having this idea that everything around me is constantly changing including me, instead of trying to perceive the change itself, which will need a lot of effort, I can change my behavior and attitude as a first step of progress. What would be my change in attitude or behavior? A little detachment and less expectation? There is always a 50/50 chance; I am open for things to go different ways. Now this is being a little wiser. When I operate from this mindset I reduce my anxiety, disappointments, and rejections. At the same time will I give 100% of my effort? Ha – a good question!
Once I have this insight that everything is impermanent or ever-changing, now I have to develop an attitude of spontaneity along with my detachment. To ride the wave, O that feels exciting! What does it mean? I don’t have to drop everything and say I give up, rather I can learn how to adjust my sails. I am NOT fixated on doing things the same way over and over. Now I have to learn to go with the flow without any effort.
Even with regards to material success – say the stock market – who wins? The person who keeps his/her phase with the market. Most of us buy and never sell, and after years we say – to hell with it, I am not good at it, or even worse – everything is a gamble. YES, everything is a GAMBLE – “An action whose outcome is uncertain”
Now we see the deeper meaning of the ancient wisdom which says focus on the permanent. Don’t hanker after impermanent things which come and go. Why waste your life running after shadows? Once we get this idea, now we try to mull over it.
What exactly IS permanent? There begins one’s real journey of life!
Good Luck my dear spiritual beings.