Go With the Nadi
One of the principle reasons for human suffering, apathy, depression, angst, and a general lack of zest for life is that so many of us are not living the lives we are destined for. In a deluded sense of “false-freedom” we have been trained, conditioned and hypnotized to believe that we “can do anything we want to so long as we put our minds to it.” Is this phrase not a staple in the diet of modern parents encouraging their kids?
Well, it is not exactly true. Borrowing words from a man far wiser than me, “No matter how much I want it and no matter how hard I work, I will never be able to dunk a basketball like Michael Jordan.” We have certain parameters that our life-force naturally flows through and we will suffer our extraneous efforts to supersede these boundaries.
To the modern sentiment this might sound like a claustrophobic nightmare. But, in reality, freedom is feeling free within the exact circumstances of our life – no matter what they are – and is not earned by struggling to live a fantasy life that is not our own. “False-freedom” – the notion, “I can be anything I want to be” – is a story we tell ourselves in order to justify our struggle to “succeed” in respect to the prevailing model of conditions generated by popular culture, our families, our fantasies, etc. On a different note, the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and lusting after someone else’s life is not false-freedom. It is simply a jail cell that many people choose to sentence themselves too.
But, life is not about what we achieve but rather about who we are. We are each in a process of human “becoming” and the fruition of this process is to become who we really are, human being’s characterized by love, wisdom, compassion and truth. This process of becoming has always been the main purpose of life, and the details were means to feed that priority. Having lost this underlying purpose we are in a situation where multitudes are feeling lost, lonely, isolated, un-satisfied and numbed out to the true spirit and joy of life.
If we gain this perspective, though, we might ironically find that achievement and mastery to a certain extent is the natural outcome of following our destiny, which is to say, doing what we love. A zest for life occurs naturally when we are full of ourselves, not in the arrogant sense, but in the manner of being one-pointedly, whole-heartedly living our unique life purpose. We call this fullness-feeling “self-possession.” To be self-possessed we need to be in the process of mastering something, anything (that our heart truly desires).
Mind you, I said we need to be in process, not “perfected” or “finished.” There is no perfect or finished. Contentment rests in full engagement with an ever-unfolding process of learning, refinement, acceptance and growth.
To master something one must surmount all the obstacles necessary to emerge as a fully self-contented, responsible, compassionate and wise human being. Mastery requires commitment, dedication, perseverance, creativity, ingenuity, integrity and impeccability. It also requires a lifetime of relaxed focus, dedication and commitment. Each person’s “nadi” is designed to afford everyone the possibility of mastery, and therefore the recognition of the most sublime aspects of humanity.
Freedom is not found in the ability to have whatever one wants, do whatever one wants, whenever one wants to have or do it; it is found in one’s ability to traverse the infinite inner-landscape and discover the mysterious capacity of unconditional love, unshakeable peace, and unbridled compassion.
Another requirement for mastery of something is love. Even though most of us spend MOST of our waking hours working, how many of us love what we do? Even if the details aren’t always glorious, are we inspired by the overall direction and purpose of our lives? How many of us are really, deeply satisfied?
If not, why have we convinced ourselves that this is an acceptable way of living?
We all have a path to follow in this life. To honor our fate is not succumbing to a lack of freedom… it is finding ultimate freedom, which bears with it contentment, joy, wisdom, compassion and love. In Sanskrit, this path is called a “nadi”, which means river, or flow. We must “go with the nadi.” We don’t get to the water of life by digging a bunch of ditches. We must stay in one place and go deep. To do this, we must love the path that we travel and then the fruit of our journey is savored in every step. To do it not is to live a life of mediocrity and to suffer that sense that something just isn’t quite right.
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