WHO TAUGHT LITTLE BABIES TO LAUGH AND CRY?














“If the cherry trees had to wait for understanding,
they'd never blossom.” 




I will never advise anyone to lead a hippy-kind-of life:  Live carefree… Do whatever you like… Go wherever you wish to… Wear whatever you want to… Eat, sleep and love in whatever way you wish to. That life, no doubt, may seem very spontaneous and less burdensome. But, it won’t suit the world we live in…

If we can’t fit in here, where else can we live?

So, we need to balance our spontaneity with our sanity. Living  a life with too much planning and caution and living a life of absolute carefree-ness and sponateiity – yes, in my view, both are extremes…

I will not advocate, therefore, anyone to resort to these two extremes. Caution and planning are good. Carefree-ness and spontaneity, too, are good. When we combine both of them in our life, life can be less stressful… more productive and happy.

To help us worry less about our future, we are often advised to look at how birds go about their life. “Birds of the sky do not worry about tomorrow,” we are reminded. But, the fact is: we are humans on the ground, and not the birds of the sky… We cannot completely shut our eyes to our tomorrows, to our problems and concerns. Similarly, we are reminded about God taking care of our concerns. But, as we very well know, God doesn’t step in, till we do…

The God dwells within us, right?

Still, there is merit in the advice we are given… Birds teach us to work hard, leave home early in search of our food and not just keep waiting for it in our nests… Tomorrow is another day and tomorrow’s food, if we are sincere enough, will be taken care of, too…

Eagles fly high up in the skies… Wales swim in the deep seas… The peacocks dance and butterflies flutter happily… Just as little babies laugh and cry… And, who taught them that?

Some things just come to us, so naturally… If we trust that process, if we take cues from this universal source of strength, then, life will be smoother for all of us. Too much of reasoning and rationalizing will simply kill the spontaneity and make us less authentic… less joyful…

Life is less complicated when we do our best efforts and leave the results to the Universe to decide… Yes, call it God, if you like. But, life will be too complicated if we leave our work too to God…

Athena, a friend of mine, shared a beautiful video. The spiritual teacher, Mooji, tells a lovely story – ‘The Centipede and the Insects Party’. It’s such a priceless lesson on the importance of living our live trusting our natural gifts and with sheer joy, simplicity, and, above all, humility. Here it is:



 


Marty Rubin said, “Tears have always been easier to shed than explain.” How can our joy and laughter be different?


GERALD D’CUNHA


Pic.: Rajesh R. Nair

Video: Mooji Satsang/YouTube


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