पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
oḿ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaḿ pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate
OM. That is full and this is full.
From fullness comes the fullness.
Take fullness away from fullness,
and fullness will surely remain.
This mysterious verse, which is holding a deep meaning of understanding the true nature of this world and the true nature of ourselves, comes from Isha Upanishad. Mahatma Gandhi had said once so beautifully, that even if all the Vedas would disappear from this planet, but only this verse would stay, it would be sufficient enough.
This Divine ability to embrace the fullness of life, to nurture a heart connection with reality, the way it is, recognizing the fullness and the Divinity in every object, person and situation that we meet, lies deep within our hearts. It’s our true nature. We were not created to worry about small things, nurture our small fears or fall a prey to our small desires. We were created to love life in its multitude of forms and to enjoy the eternal interaction between our soul and Divine, no matter which shape does it take at the moment.
The mind’s sole purpose is to differentiate, to make a distinction, to split and categorize things. This ability to differentiate plays an essential role, when living in a society, and allows us to communicate clearly. Thus, the mind can be a very good servant of Higher Consciousness. The problems start, when the servant wants to become the master.
That’s when we start to focus only on differentiating and lose our ability to perceive the reality as whole.
Krishna put it nicely in Bhagavad Gita:
Controlled mind is your best friend. Uncontrolled mind is your worst enemy.
The intuition is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
– Albert Einstein
From that perspective everything looks perfect and our intuition enlightens us in meditation also about the deeper purpose of everything that may seem “not alright” for the mind. We realize the secret Divinity and perfection hidden in every obstacle, and this very recognition melts the obstacle away. And it seems so natural and right!
Yesterday, after Atma Kriya Yoga course, I was reading Philokalia a little, and “by accident” I came exactly across this wonderful verse, written by Saint Gregory of Sinai, explaining it all:
Yet, because most of us have grown up in the society which “glorifies the servant and has forgotten about the Gift”, since childhood we are so deeply immersed in mind-consciousness, that we simply forgotten to nurture daily our soul-consciousness. Every single day we feed our minds with all kinds of information, but rarely do we remember to feed our souls and hearts with pure presence, which can be found in meditation. Thus we become the servants of the mind, we “fall a prey to its own forces” and get lost in the mind’s labyrinth – because we forget to listen to this silent voice of our Inner Guide.
Same is with the mind. When the mind has a strong soul-connection, when it is centered in the heart and regularly fed with positive vibrations, it can be your best companion. But when the mind loses the connection with Higher Consciousness, that’s when the problems start.