Facing What Has Been Compromised

a mother in serious labor pain
the girl talking on the phone, in love
the doctor breaking the news
the guy in gym, dumbbells in hand
a leader pondering the next cause of action
the child enjoying his toys
a sick stricken patient with her pain
a conversation stricken
a moment of triumph
a relationship fallout
a love making experience
or the brink of suicidal
another struggling to survive
and yet in worst scenario
the moment near death

each every occasion
no matter what the storyline
each every moment
no matter what the experience
be it fear,
or sadness
there is only one
a celebration of ONE
of the present Now
of how you and I
relate to what is already in our space

the experience, merely a decoy
presented once again
of compromise one has made before
coming back as another chance
of what was once
wrongly chosen
not aligning with the heart
of guilt overwhelming
returning to make good again

and yet each experience so real
making attention focused on it
amnesiac, forgetting
what will really set one free
is not the experience
but the wonderment of relate
for it is here
that compromise is found

freeing it, letting it go
the grip of holding on
one is finally set free.
for what one holds on is holding one back
returning one more time to the game of Life
the cycle of birth and death.

Ideas Rule the World

Ideas are pretty funny “creatures”
for they make you believe who you think you are
they make you laugh
and you say you are happy
they make you cry
and you say you are sad
they make you care for another
and you think no one cares for you instead

But how can something that “makes” you
be “you” unless belief sets into picture?

An idea pops up and says
“I want someone to be around”
and hey presto!
another idea has to arise simultaneously
to match and balance the other
“I don’t want to be alone”
is what you have
in vice versa both ideas dance
sometimes a cause
another time an effect
never leaving each other
matching and balancing itself at all times
making you seek and look for another

if you fulfill the idea then you are happy
failing which you
will feel dejected, probably sad too.

another Idea pops up and said
“let me not be selfish”
and its opposite, has to appear simultaneously
starting the ball rolling as “have to be selfless” idea
hence you move to help another
making you feel good
and surely you would have known by now
if help is not given in anyway
bad feelings will be yours

if Idea wants to be alone
hey presto!
another Idea pops up in pairing
wanting not to be disturb

but HELLO! wait a minute….
how long more do you want to serve Ideas?
never fulfilled except to want more?
and here you are exhausted playing its game

do you not see its opposite
making you running around headlessly?

It is not that “you” are dejected
but the idea that “wants” something
already set in motion
another idea “do not want” to come into picture
for want and do not want
can only comes in pair

And hence you have to prepare
for the experience of elation or dejection
depending which,
the “want” Idea or “don’t want” Idea wins the race

Ideas make you cry
ideas make you laugh
ideas make you sad
ideas make you happy
and “you” merely a puppet on a string
pulled by its need
making you dance its way
unknown of its catch
subjugate to its play

and here you are thinking
you ARE happy
you ARE sad
except ideas laughing its way home
so funny
so ridiculous
this thing call IDEA

who are you without IDEAS?
surely you will like to know
but then again “like” is another idea again, rearing out its head….. sigh….

A U-Turn Home

Indeed queer
indeed strange
to get caught in another’s doing
and make judgments out of it
for never once we understood our mind fully
what more of others’ act of doing!

Indeed sadness
indeed grief
to assume others’ action
making I am holier than thou
forgetting that the “I am”
is misleading me
rather than what is out there!

So easy is it to direct attention outside
difficult indeed inwards
for if outside has been the path of liberation
even monkeys, ducks or babies
would have all been enlightened
not to mention you or me
giving our attention outside
at all times?

The world terrible
the country unbearable
people evil
system unfair
there are rights
there are wrongs
rampant everywhere
but wait a minute!
wait a minute!
Ponder deeply where it is coming from!

A source so obvious and yet missed
for what is ignored cannot be seen
and hence hidden from one
as ancient as it can be.

let the Master’s voice be your guide
to lead you to see
it has never left you
for within the Mind
is found your reservoir of meanings
of bondage, of pain, of sorrow
which you have never ever left.

So halt a minute!
Pay attention!
when the Deathless Gong comes a calling
inviting you to start inquiring
as the beginning journey to God’s Home;
for if liberation is not found now
how then can it be after death?

Indeed madness
indeed stupidity…
the mind of ignorance!