Necessity

Necessity makes demands on a person that ordinary life skips over. It forces us to let go of old habits and change our view of the world, to find purpose where it once didn’t exist. Necessity no longer intimidates a person who is confronted by real needs. It inspires them to take chances and step into the unknown. Life is no longer an enemy. It becomes a teacher, a friend, a guidance counsellor that divulges possibility and demands internal and external growth. Both conscious and unconscious states of surrender occur every day. Life always dishes up improvisatory moments that test the rational mind. The way we spend our time determines what activities are essential and what are less important. There are always alternatives to how we live and conscious choice necessitates clarity of vision and deep surrender. Why sit in a meditation class if one could attend movies, have dinner, go to sports events, the theater, take a stroll through a park, or engage in a hundred other activities that could easily consume time? An inner voice speaks to choices that one needs to make if they want a spiritual life. If human beings would only listen.

Necessity demands that one surrender attachment to the world of illusion; it demands that one embraces the spirit, frees oneself from the transitory, and connects the soul to the infinite energy in the universe.

Tantric meditation taps the need to surrender tension and behavior that have conditioned people from early childhood; the rules and regulations that dictate how one should live, and the by-rote education most young people are given. Beneath a cesspool of internal chaos is an energy source that’s directly linked to the infinite. There are also economic, racial, religious, relationship, and political problems that cause untold pain and anxiety in a human being. Necessity requires inner strength to keep subjective and objective problems at bay, to surrender to a higher source of energy that helps heal us of physical and mental dysfunction. It shocked me when I discovered that the goal was nothingness, a state of total surrender that would enable spirit to guide my life. The very idea of nothingness scares most people. They live with an insatiable need to surround themselves with possessions, to fill their brains with rightness and hearts with someone else’s love. Like my spiritual mentor Rudi once said: “It is to have rewards in life, but not to allow the rewards to have you.” One isn’t consumed by a passion to control the material world. A person can live in a castle or mansion and still open to the nothingness inside themselves if they aren’t controlled by their possessions. A highly developed chakra system enables one to detach from their belongings. Necessity demands that one surrender attachment to the world of illusion; it demands that one embraces the spirit, frees oneself from the transitory, and connects the soul to the infinite energy in the universe.

Years ago, I found myself in impossible economic situations. It was like diving into the Pacific Ocean and swimming to land hundreds of miles away. I needed energy to succeed, and necessity forced me to delve deep within myself to tap a creative force strong enough to nourish me, to provide knowledge, wisdom, durability, and patience. As the material mountain became a tiny hill, my connection with the spirit deepened. Necessity forced me to use the material world to develop a spiritual life. I had to surrender in such depth that I connected to the soul of the universe and allowed it to guide my choices. It was the first taste of real freedom I had in my life…

(To be continued…)

The Tree of Life

Tree of Life, Persian