So serene and calm. It is monsoon in India. It is 6 AM in the morning, overcast sky. The effect of last night’s rain is felt in the cool breeze. Sitting on the huge terrace next to the Meditation hall, I can see people slowly strolling into the Meditation hall in silence to perform their morning Meditation. The atmosphere is so congenial for any being to be closer to its soul. Even the birds and trees seem to be in a Meditative state here.
My attention was drawn to the floor; I saw little puddles of water here and there on the terrace. The one near me was reflecting a coconut tree and the clouds and the sky- so real! So real indeed that you would want to touch it.
Pausing for a moment, staring at the refection, my thoughts were drawn to what Master once mentioned, “All that you see around you is not real – Maya, Illusion. One has to go beyond the object itself to find the Truth.”
In our daily lives we see these mirages and reflections everywhere, but still somehow our mind tricks us and makes them feel so real. Master also said, “Mind can’t perceive what is beyond it. Reality is beyond the realm of the mind. Only through Meditation, by quieting the thoughts, can one go beyond the mind and access Reality.”
But what do most of us do? We hold on to these reflections all our lives. I know as the day progresses, the heat of the sun is going to cause the water puddle to evaporate. Along with it, the reflection of the sky and the clouds and the coconut tree will disappear and be gone forever!!! Did the sky, clouds and coconut tree really disappear? NO- they are still there, only the medium has evaporated. Will I realize this wisdom? Or will I weep and cry for the lost reflection……?