Character Formation

Topics: Love, Marriage, 2008 singles Pages: 6 (2418 words) Published: August 30, 2010
Give Your Full Attention to Character Formation
10th June 2010, Chennai, India
For some time now, I have been deeply thinking about the reason for the slow progress of abhyasis, and in some cases even about the lack of their progress — total lack of progress. Of course, some are progressing well, but that too is perhaps more because of the personal attention that the Master gives them rather than by their own effort, and I am not referring especially to their spiritual practice but to their lifestyle. You know, in Sahaj Marg we are always talking of the Master giving the inner spiritual condition, which for him is a matter of a second, whereas character formation is the responsibility of the abhyasi. I think, in general, abhyasis conveniently think that maybe the Master's role is ninety-nine percent, or more, and the abhyasi's role in personal character transformation or formation, is even less than one percent. I am forced to this, shall I say, conclusion, because that is how it appears to be, and people are not really serious about character formation or character transformation. Why I say this is because, as I said before, spirituality is given by the Master and that cannot be doubted, you see. But their outer behaviour, their outer lifestyle, the way they conduct themselves, their politeness or lack of it, and, as repeatedly pointed out to me by abhyasis from all over the world, especially the behaviour of those very close to me — what the outside world calls the inner circle. You know, I used to feel concerned, then I used to feel pained, now I really feel guilty. I feel guilty because the people close to me, my inner circle so-called, are, one and all, arrogant, proud, demanding, oppressive, authoritarian and lack politeness — one and all. Of course, I keep telling them about this. Either they smile it off or they say, "Yes, yes, we will change now." But you know, recent affairs, especially when I was in Tiruppur immediately following dear brother Ajay Bhatter's revocation of his nomination to succeed me, it has shown the raw human nature at its worst. Gossiping, condemning, blaming — always others, forgetting the principle that when you point your finger at somebody (one finger), three fingers are pointing towards yourselves. So what to do about this, you see. How to make abhyasis realize that the Master's responsibility or his, what shall we say, duty towards an abhyasi (if I should call it that), is hardly one percent — probably one thousandth or one millionth of a percent; whereas the abhyasi's role, responsibility in making himself, transforming himself, should be ninety-nine percent or more. It is exactly opposite. Now, what are the consequences? People close to me think that because I keep them close to me, continue to keep them close to me, they are blameless, they are really blameless and I am only talking for fun or to show-off or something like that, you know, like chastising a pet. And people who are away from me, but who are close to me in an inner sense, they stay away. I remember Babuji Maharaj had a dog, Honey; and he was not fond of dogs, but it was there and it remained there. It used to run around chasing the monkeys and he used to tell me with a twinkle in his eye that, "You know, Honey recognizes abhyasis, because when abhyasis come, he doesn't bark. He only barks at non-abhyasis." And, you know, I never understood the significance of Babuji praising this dog for this quality that it does not bark at abhyasis. A dog! And my people around me, they are all the time barking, shutting doors, putting away people, using my name for everything that they do. "He is ill." "He is resting." "He is asleep." "He told us no," so on and so forth. I get letters from very, very close, devoted abhyasis who love me saying, "I cannot come, and I will not come so long as I am stopped." For them too, it is a need to transform themselves, because as Babuji once said, "Two lovers cannot remain separated because the...
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