We try something that we thought would take us there and got nowhere. The thing is we keep looking around, instead of within. There's a great line I read that says, "Go within, or go without." So simple, so true... so how do we get within?? Amma tells this story about how we can all get to the same location in many different ways, by boat, train, plane, foot, car, rickshaw... and no matter which way we choose, or how long it takes from where we are, we will all arrive at the same destination. It is the same in life, depending on where we are, we have to figure out what will work for us, and not compare ourselves to others. Sometimes it's hard to know because we think it should be a certain way. We keep trying to get there our way, and keep failing, and lose hope. We keep calling for the taxi, but if it's not yellow, we don't get in. We blame it on everything and everyone but ourselves... here's a great example:
It had been raining for days and days, and a terrible flood had come over the land. The waters rose so high that one man was forced to climb onto the roof of his house.How many rides have we missed because we're too busy looking for what we think we should see? Where do we look to see inside? Smile.... Right now..... Smiling always helps to ease tension, and if it doesn't for you... Smile bigger, because you can...... because bliss is it, and there are many ways to get there, but you've gotta get on board somewhere, so pay attention, be open to recieve... you never know what you'll find to take you on your way!! : )
As the waters rose higher and higher, a man in a rowboat appeared, and told him to get in. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me." So the man in the rowboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters rose higher and higher, and suddenly a speedboat appeared. "Climb in!" shouted a man in the boat. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me." So the man in the speedboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters continued to rise. A helicopter appeared and over the loudspeaker, the pilot announced he would lower a rope to the man on the roof. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me." So the helicopter went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters rose higher and higher, and eventually they rose so high that the man on the roof was washed away, and alas, the poor man drowned.
Upon arriving in heaven, the man marched straight over to God. "Heavenly Father," he said, "I had faith in you, I prayed to you to save me, and yet you did nothing. Why?" God gave him a puzzled look, and replied "I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
Today's Silver Lining:
"I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine, On a cloud of sound I drift in the night, Any place it goes is right, Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here, Well, you don't know what we can find, Why don't you come with me little girl, On a magic carpet ride, You don't know what we can see,
Why don't you tell your dreams to me, Fantasy will set you free, Close your eyes girl, Look inside girl,
Let the sound take you away." Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf