Thursday, February 08, 2007

Self Acceptance

Accept your own self. And an amazing phenomenon will start unfolding. What all would's a glimpse in the form of a small story...

"There was a beautiful girl named Asha. She lived in a village at the banks of river Mahi near Anand in Gujarat. This girl had a boon given to her by a sage that whatever she would truly believe in, would happen. Such was the power of the boon that whatever this girl named Asha would truly believe in, would happen.

So the life was passing by.

Asha believed that she had to study and help her mother at home in daily chores and this would go on for years before she would one day get married to a young boy. So her days used to pass like that...slowly.

One day there was a strong storm and the sky was clouded. Then there were rains lashing the ground. Asha looked at the sky and felt charmed by the lightening and the pattern of clouds and she felt within that it would be so wonderful to be like clouds wandering around the world. How free they looked like. And she really believed that such would really be a very good life...She went to bed.

Next morning she suddenly got up and found water below her bed. The utensils were floating and then with a huge sound her house collapsed.
When Asha opened her eyes again she found herself in a train. It was night and she was bewildered. What happened to her family...she looked around and was relieved to see that her mother and father were sleeping beside her. After a few hours there was morning and her parents got up. She asked them what happened. She was told that their house had got destroyed in the rains and now they were travelling to her mother's place in Delhi. She and her mother would be staying there for a month while her father would be going back to Anand to get the house rebuilt...and Asha suddenly thought about her desire to be like a cloud...!"

Accept your own self as it is and you would start to notice that it is you who creates this world...but it all happens so slowly and gradually that it makes you feel that it all got superimposed on you from outside.

You want to enjoy the phenomenon and in turn you forget that you created it. So, first accept what is around you as it is and then you'd see that it all is your own creation...a notional world... and then with a bang you'll see your own Self all around...such is the power of Self Acceptance.