Let me tell you a story. Once two villagers were sitting under a tree and watching the sunset. They were very close friends. After sitting quietly for some time, one asked the other, What are you thinking? I am planning to buy five acres of land, a garden. The other friend immediately said, Don buy the garden!
The first one was surprised. He asked why? The second one replied, am planning to buy a buffalo. Then, my buffalo will enter your garden and we will fight, have misunderstandings and lose our friendship. I do not want to lose our friendship.
The first one said, Then, you cancel your plan of buying a buffalo. I am going to buy my garden. The second one said, No, no, no. I have already decided to buy a buffalo. The first one said, How will your buffalo enter my garden? I will fence it thoroughly.
The second one said, No, you see, it can just enter; a buffalo is a buffalo. Who can stop it? It can do anything.
Then the fight went to such an extent that they broke their limbs! Neither has bought buffalo nor any land. Nothing has happened. Just the mind race and both of them broke their limbs over it! Our fears are also like that. The future has not yet come. But you just sit there and think, Oh! What will happen? What will happen? Finally you will die! This is what is going to happen! So much anxiety about the future! In this run, the mind gets into such a mess. It is unable to see the presence that is all around it.
The mind totally forgets the divine. Me, mine, what about tomorrow, the day after and the day after that, next year, ten years later? You people plan in this way even up to the next birth! When people are newly married they say, We will be husband and wife for many life-times to come! This one birth is not enough. We will be man and wife for the next seven births! In reality, they may be fed up of each other in this birth itself, but they talk of the next seven births!
We should experience the divine presence, the divine light around us. You should have a desire in your mind to experience this. Have we ever desired the divine light? Has such a desire ever risen in you, that you want the highest peace? Has it arisen from deep inside you? The divine light, whatever that is, you do not know what it is. It is something by which the whole world is running. Have you ever really wanted it? When you sing or pray there should be total involvement. You don involve yourself totally. If the mind is preoccupied elsewhere then that is no prayer at all. There should be total involvement. When there is pain there is more involvement.
You are like a free bird. You are fully open. Feel that you are flying like a bird. Learn to fly. This is something which you have to experience within yourself. There is nothing else. If you consider yourself as bonded, you will remain bound here. Experience freedom. When will you experience freedom? After you die? Become free right now. Sit down and become contented. That thing in you which says, have to do. I have to do. I have to achieve; that is wrong. Sit down in peace, thinking: have nothing to do now.
You are afraid of opening your fists. What is there with you that you have to hold your fists? You have nothing with you. Open your fists. The whole sky will be in your hands. Be natural. Be with love. Do service. Celebrate all your life.
via Talks By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar http://talksbysrisriravishankar.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-here-and-now.html