TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE IN THE FACE.
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, WROTE IN THE SAND:
“TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”
THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS, WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH. THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING, BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.
AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE:
“TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE “.
THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND ASKED HIM:
“AFTER I HURT YOU, YOU WROTE IN THE SAND
AND NOW, YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?”
THE FRIEND REPLIED:
“WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US, WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT.”
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE.
THEY SAY IT TAKES A MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL PERSON,
AN HOUR TO APPRECIATE THEM,
A DAY TO LOVE THEM, BUT THEN
AN ENTIRE LIFE TO FORGET THEM.
DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE,
BUT VALUE WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!
(another very Sahaj anonymous story – don’t you think?!)
Personal reflection: with Sahaja Yoga Meditation we are all able to find the path in feeling that we have a potential Friend in any person that enters in our life … also we become detached .. so we are ready for both: being saved and/or being slapped … by the many friends that are around..
Plus, despite all this “friendship drama” we become able through the Sahaj Meditation to see and feel .. ultimately enjoy the beauty of this Divine Play..
The important thing is that each of us becomes the Best Friend of oneself, ready for “slapping” our own impurities as well ready to save ourselves from the traps of our mind & artificial projections and from the slavery of our conditioning.. thus, giving us a balanced freedom .. the one of the Spirit.. to enjoy.. and to expand..
Come by to one of our Free Classes because, there You’ve Got a Friend!! How come? Please, enjoy below few examples and explanations.
“You are all friends to each other and The Greatest Friend you have is The Divine Power (Kundalini) which is looking after you and doing everything for you, if you have that kind of a relaxed beautiful alertness within you, you are going to enjoy life, you are going to enjoy Sahaja Yoga..” says Shri Mataji – the founder of this practise of meditation.
Enjoy the next video – a gift of beauty in Sand & Music that we’ve received from our friend Geri from Italy:
Further below Shri Mataji is talking so honestly about Friendship, how is expressed in real lives as well how it is actually triggered by the friendship between 2 chakras (energy centers): Heart and Vishuddhi.
‘I think that relationship of friendship is even higher than any other relationship that we could think of because there’s nothing to be gained out of a friendship, it never ceases and you just enjoy the friendship, that’s all. When you can pull each others leg sometimes, you could be joking with another person, making fun of another person, is alright, is friendship. But this is the purest form of understanding our relationships with each other and a friend is the one who is always, for no rhyme and reason concerned about his friend..
Friendship is such that you could share your secrets, you could share your problems, you do that with me and why not with each other – is a question of understanding that Sahaja Yogis are all friends to each other.
Before Sahaja Yoga you could have only one friend or at the most two, three meant a crowd! But in Sahaja Yoga, we are all friends, pure friendship, friendship of a very beautiful nature, that you enjoy the joy of another person, in vibrations you do, if you feel the vibrations of another Sahaja Yogi you really enjoy.
I have seen this kind of friendship when we were young because that time people were more open hearted..’
EXAMPLE OF REAL FRIENDSHIP: BETWEEN A BRAHMIN AND A CHRISTIAN (A VEGETARIAN AND A NON-VEGETARIAN)
‘My father had his friends.. (His friend) was a very orthodox Brahmin and he was the chairman of an organisation all over the country and.. So my father had to go for a case (Shri Mataji’s father was a renown lawyer who was born Christian and became a scholar in all religions) far away and he took all his family and he sent me to the hostel, he wrote to his friend that “I am going away and my daughter has .. her final exams but I am sorry I had to go, taking my family with me…”
So the friend wrote: “Alright doesn’t matter you can go away, I am going to look after your daughter”. He came down and stayed in the hostel, took a room in the hostel, we all were there.
He was a Brahmin, he would not touch an egg the Brahmin! But he knew that I eat eggs, I am a non veg, so .. summertime had started, but he would still put on his overcoat or a raincoat and walk out.. I don’t know from where he used to get the eggs in the morning.. bring to his room -because he was (from) a Brahmin school! – and secretly cook the eggs for me and then he would call me and give me the eggs to eat! I said I don’t need them, he said “No, no, no, you have to have, you know father has gone away, have to do that..”, so sweetly and he was the head of heads there, breaking his own rules and regulations for me and he was making non-veg food and then he would take all the shells of the eggs in a paper, put it in the pocket of the big overcoat, walk down and throw them somewhere, then he would come with me to leave me for my exams.
Evening again he was there, waiting for me! He was such a big man, such a great man, very much respected, I mean he was the head of the heads and every day, I was very much surprised at this friendship! And .. I didn’t see them (father & friend) talking about anything or they had nothing common as such, but just friendship; my father was a literary person as you know and this one was a social worker. I mean .. my father was busy with politics and (they were) such friends!
I have seen my father would go to jail (in the time of Gandhi’s movement for India’s liberation), so his friends would come and take us away to their houses and their wives would look after us, give us bath.. No difference, I never felt any difference.., moreover we felt that they were looking after us more than (after) their own children.. In friendship, one can really enjoy, it needs a very large heart to be a friend, very large…
This kind of a friendship we Sahaja Yogis should have, I mean with a friend you cannot be tense, cannot. That is first sign.. and with your friend sitting there you won’t doze off and you won’t sleep, but you will enjoy.’
EXAMPLE OF FRIENDSHIP: WITH HUGS, SHOUTS AND EVEN WITH SLAPS
‘Once I was travelling by train and we had, two compartments, in one compartment myself and one old lady were there. I mean I was older than her, but she thought she was older and she was trying to sleep and in the other compartment were two friends. They had met, so they were enjoying, he was hitting him, he was hitting him, he said “hey you” like that going on and this lady said “look that these people, they are not allowing us to sleep”, so (she) went and shouted at them, “will you stop this nonsense, what is going on?” (they answered) ” We have met after a long time you see, we are enjoying”. She said “this is not the way, why are you hitting each other if you are enjoying? and don’t talk loudly” she went on..
Then I went and said: “You (may) shout, I am here.. I will lock the door, this lady won’t come”. They were surprised, I said: “I am enjoying the way you are enjoying each other”, they said: “you don’t want to sleep?!”, I said: “I want to hear what you say to each other” and they were surprised how I was enjoying the way they were hitting each other and enjoying each other. So this is how I have to tell you that we have to be friends we have to share, enjoy sharing, there’s no seriousness about it, how can you be serious with your friend.. you just relaxed enjoying each others company, even if you have to argue, argue, doesn’t matter, even if you have a different view, it’s alright, but you should not try to impose yourself on your friend, nor your friend should try to impose, try to understand each other, that’s how we are going to learn such a lot, we have to learn such a lot from each other!
For example I learned so much from friends, you’ll be surprised, learnt a lot of things from French, the way they have their art, their ideas of art, their music, their culture, lots of things to be learnt.
So you have friends in India, you have friends everywhere, you have friends now in South America, everywhere you have friends, you just go and with my (sahaj) badge, finished, oh they’ll all jump on you, they’ll do anything for you 🙂 So this friendship, just think of it in this world, we have thousands and thousands of friends everywhere we go and this is what we have to know within ourselves: that we have to be ourselves very, very, friendly type, very friendly. There’s an openness between one friend and another friend. There’s no closeness. There’s no tension. There’s no formality and reliance so much so that you can talk to them about what you want, what is your need and what problems you have.
I hope you understand that Love means complete Freedom to yourself and to others, if you love someone then there is complete freedom and understanding, but this love has to be very, very pure, complete understanding, you have to feel that friendship and you will feel proud that you have so many friends and real friends, you have so many friends who are real friends, you will be so very, feeling a thing as if you are a great personality that you have so many friends in this world.
We are not alone, imagine before this what we had so many saints, so many great souls were born and they were treated like singular people and tortured, killed, poisoned. They were alone!
But you are not! You are all friends to each other and The Greatest Friend you have is the divine power which is looking after you and doing everything for you.
If you have that kind of a relaxed beautiful alertness within you, you are going to enjoy life, you are going to enjoy Sahaja Yoga..
So for today, in this country of France where we have got liberation, where we have fought for liberation let us take to Real Liberation and the real liberation of the soul of our Spirit, to enjoy, enjoy everything that is available with understanding.’
( the above and below are excerpts from the same lecture – The Importance of Friendship – Shri Mataji in France, 1989)
FRIENDSHIP EXPLAINED THROUGH CHAKRAS WORK
HEART CHAKRA OPENING THROUGH VISHUDDHI CHAKRA – COMBINATION EXPRESSED AS A BUBBLING OF JOY
‘With all this theme that I am talking about, about collectivity which is the blessing of Shri Krishna (power of Vishuddhi chakra placed at the level of our throat and who is responsible for creating collectivity and relations) and that, his essence was Madhouria, is The Sweetness (in Sanskrit) and Radha who was his energy was known for, Allahdhadayini, Allahdhadayini means The One who is Joy Giving, Allahd is even more than joy .. you see joy can be very general word but Allahd means Bubbling of Joy ..
When you see somebody, bubbling of joy that is her, Shri Radha’s power and she was the power of Shri Krishna.. So when you meet a friend how you feel like you just taking him to your heart, just embracing, (you) don’t know what to do with that and sometimes it’s so much that you feel like beating, beating yourself or beating the friend, that sort of a joy is Allahdhadayini, that is Radha. Like some people especially women when they are over joyous they start weeping and crying.. you see that’s Allahd.
So today.. the Power of Joy we have to worship today, the power of joy and this power of joy which is Allahdhadayini..
Now we are praying that our heart should open by Shiva (divine principle and power of our Heart Chakra that is nesting our Spirit) and once our heart is opened it would be expressed by the power of Shri Radha and Shri Krishna.
Shri Mataji: ‘This is the combination today, let us have this way that is a combination of Heart opening through Vishuddhi we are expressing it.’
The Excerpts above were from “The Importance of Friendshp” – Shri Mataji, France, 1989.
This time I have to ask you again, for help, in case you have ever surprised and captured in photos this type of extreme joy and love in Friendship, with hugs, slaps, crying and weeping and ultimately Bubbling of Joy… :-)) .. then Please, send such photos over, so we can choose one more to ‘decorate’ this article with it.