The Land Beyond My DreamsAl comienzo de  mi búsqueda espiritual, Swami Kriyananda estaba tratando de ayudarme a equilibrar la tendencia a ser excesivamente racional. Él, pacientemente me explicó lo que tenía que hacer, y yo dije: “Entiendo.” Él respondió amablemente pero con firmeza: “No me preocupa si entiendes o no, lo que quiero es que cambies.”

Nunca olvidé ese consejo, que ilustra un error cometido por muchos. No tenemos que entender algo para cambiarlo, así como no es necesario entender la electricidad para poder cambiar una bombilla. De hecho, el análisis de situaciones suele ser un mecanismo de defensa que el ego usa para protegerse de los cambios que son necesarios.

La búsqueda del conocimiento es importante; es útil en el plano material y puede otorgarnos un diploma o un trabajo. Pero, como buscadores de la verdad, estamos tratando de trascender este plano, y para nosotros el reino de la razón es demasiado restrictivo. Un globo de aire caliente puede elevarnos por encima de las colinas, pero no nos puede llevar a las estrellas.

Las personas que son demasiado racionales pueden en realidad obstaculizar su crecimiento espiritual. Ellos pueden sufrir del complejo “Zenón.” Zenón fue un filósofo griego que planteó esta paradoja: Para que una flecha dé en la diana, debe liberarse del arco e ir hacia la meta. Pero, en el instante más diminuto de tiempo, la flecha se encuentra congelada e inmovilizada. Si la flecha no se mueve en cada instante – y el tiempo está enteramente compuesto de instantes – entonces el movimiento es imposible. He conocido personas que pasan tanto tiempo analizando las cosas, que, si no están congelados en el tiempo, almenos gatean lenta y tímidamente por la vida, volviéndose secos y olvidándose de disfrutar del aquí y ahora.

Lo que realmente necesitamos no es comprensión mental, sino sabiduría, lo que implica la unión de la mente y el corazón. Normalmente, la sabiduría crece poco a poco, cuando la mente aprende a discriminar, y el corazón se expande a través del amor y se suaviza por medio del dolor. Un camino más corto para llegar a la sabiduría se puede encontrar mediante la concentración profunda en el ojo espiritual, la meditación en silencio, y por medio de sintonizarse con un  gurú auténtico y sabio.

A veces debemos poner el pensamiento a un lado y dejar que la actividad se convierta en nuestro maestro. Suami Kriyananda me animó a pintar porque, como él mismo dijo, “Esto ayudará a desarrollar tu intuición.” Sabía que al liberar el flujo creativo me elevaría sobre el desierto seco de un intelecto hiperactivo.

Así como una serpiente debe deshacerse de su piel vieja, nosotros crecemos al desechar viejas autodefiniciones. Ya poseemos aquello que buscamos: hemos sido uno con Dios desde el primer aliento de la creación. No necesitamos aprender algo con el fin de conocerle, sino sólo recordar y tomar consciencia de lo que realmente somos. Abre tu corazón a Él, y Él vendrá. Cuando calmamos el tumulto de pensamientos y los remolinos de la emoción, es cuando podemos oír Sus susurros. En esta búsqueda eterna, la comprensión está sobrevalorada.

En amistad divina,
Nayasuami Jyotish

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  1. So hard to get rid of these little gems. Our computers have a lot of storage. I’ll save a number of these and have them like cookies and milk….once in awhile and with complete enjoyment and no need to understand why…

    Lotsa love, Jyotish and Devi God’s Peace to you.

  2. Understanding facilitates syncrony with THOU. False perception is dysfunctional to any organism. Hobby-horse riding seems a compulsion for everyone though so… enjoy.

  3. Back in the ’70s when all of you were up here at Ananda manifesting a New World, some of us misguided souls were taking self-help workshops such as the EST Training.
    There was however one bit of wisdom found in a phrase that was often repeated during the workshops: «Understanding is the booby prize.»

  4. Thanks so much for this article.I have to admit I am a victim of over-analysis to quite an extent. And I have seen that it does not give answers but only leads to more queries. This article has given me great deal of comfort. I hope I fid that balance..

  5. Thanks so much for this wonderful article and painting, Jyotishji. I understand this somewhat as I see this in day to day life dealing with people in my field of work. I was reading a few months ago in the Wall Street Journal where CEOs of some well known companies were interviewed about the best decisions they made for their companies and how they made it. The answer was » decisions made by intuition NOT by intelligence were the best decisions. If in the material world , we see intuition at its best, there is no question about it in the spiritual quest. The key is to have a true Guru who would guide you. Again intuition will help to know who is your true Guru.. Aum Guru..

  6. Thank you Jyotish!
    I just read Swami’s a»new» book from Sangha/Ananda India «Out of the Labyrinth «. 40 years of his life experience, and writing this book since 1962(!!) , become visible with and beyond locked-in-intellectual reasoning and science vs. TRUE wisdom and expansion of consciousness and evolution on a upward spiral (Sartre, Kant,Darwin,conventional science,biologist,churches etc. are beaten within their own limited logic.
    Swamiji mastered, using his brilliant intellect and philosophical/scientific/religious/spiritual knowledge, to point out the path for the willing individual and the society for a dramatic change. Your work with and in Ananda, creating and being
    a role model for a new society with Yogananda’s vision (brotherhood communities) proves that this is possible.
    Mahalo for sharing your wisdom,
    Juergen

  7. «Normally wisdom grows gradually… as the heart becomes expanded by love and softened through pain.»

    Beautifully expressed, Jyotish.

    The rational apple doesn’t fall far from the spiritual tree (Swamiji being the tree, of course).

    In divine friendship,
    Sambhava

  8. I used to work doing technical support at Ananda Village, with Bob (now Nayaswami Bob) and others. Things would break, and we would fix them without always knowing the cause. Often the solution was just to reboot the computer.

    Bob even went so far as to say, «I don’t ask ‘why’ questions,» because in our case they were irrelevant to getting the job done. Of course sometimes a deep understanding can be helpful, but that’s the wisdom that you’re talking about, which transcends the rational mind.

    Bob once shared the story of how someone called to say that they couldn’t connect their computer to the network. Without thinking, Bob said, «You’re not on the domain» — this is one of a number of possible ways of not being connected — and after investigation this turned out to be true. It was an intuitive insight that provided the solution, even in a realm so rational and literal as computer networking.

  9. Well, here I HEAR it again ~ profound Wisdom – I’ve said it to myself and to others over & over again …. ‘Move from the «understanding» of every thing ~ tune into the Guru ~ realize you are One with God ~ All you need is LOVE!’
    Thanks, Jyotish. We all need to continue to HEAR these things ! We ARE changing and getting closer to Self Realization! In Gratitude & Love,

  10. Holy Shmoli,

    Now THAT is Divinely Inspired WISDOM!
    Thank You Jyotish!! You are so right on!
    «We don’t have to understand something in order to change it» (or ourselves)

    «as seekers, we are trying to transcend this plane, and for us the realm of reason is too restrictive. A hot-air balloon can lift us above the hills, but it cannot take us to the stars.»

    So beautifully put, clear, poetic, creative!

    «People who are too rational may actually hinder their spiritual growth.»

    Slam dunk! or since the Superbowl is coming … TOUCHDOWN!

    Thank you and Bless you for this amazingly inspired, insightful, «kind and firm» guidance!
    With Deep Respect and Love, Josette

  11. Dear Nayaswami Jyotish Ji,

    Thank you for the article 🙂

    Please advise if I got this wrong , «Swamiji tells us to be with the flow and don’t react or analyse the things happening ?»

    I was reading a saying from Master couple of days back » The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality in to a verbal shape »

    Are these are on the same lines Ji.

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