Dance of Life

The Dance of Life
Satsang of Swami Amar Jyoti
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF DANCE? Rhythmic movement. When your life flows in rhythm, you are creative; you are original. We call it cosmic rhythm. You become an instrument of God, unbound and free. When your whole being is in cosmic rhythm, your every act becomes effortless–actionless action, soundless sound. You come in tune with your Lord, with Mother Nature, with Divine Mother. The energy flowing through your being is indescribable and inexhaustible.
          In creative living you do not feel afflictions or pain or a sense of separation. You do not miss anything. Everything flows as it should. You are both the doer and the witness, flowing in refreshing newness every moment. The cobwebs of the brain are cleared; the nerves are purified and strengthened. Whether you gain or lose, you will be grateful. In this flowing river of life, you can take any amount of water you want. Plunge in–it has that capacity. But do not try to hold on to it. Consciousness held captive becomes unconsciousness. Life kept captive in pools of attachment and greed begins to decay. Dead habits are like stagnant water; there is no joy without movement.
          Whatever makes you noble, whatever expands your consciousness, is religion. According to your temperament, according to your free choice, you choose from traditional, liberal, modern or ancient paths, whatever makes you truthful, joyful, giving and righteous. Your True Self dictates, not your ego or selfishness, because that will degrade you. Whatever your inner voice, your Spirit and your conscience tell you, follow that. There is a saying in India: “You may be born in a church; don’t die in a church.” Relationships exist as very temporary phenomena. They are to be sustained but they are not eternal. You cannot put relationships above your God, your Divine, your Truth, your Light, your true identity.
          Your whole life has to be homogeneous, a totality. A partial view of life will never be satisfying. It is not the relationships that are wrong but that partial view of life. If you want to live consciously and awakened, if you want to live in your true nature, then avoid falsehood and any acts without merit. Let life flow around you and through you. Do not grab it. Leave your hands open. That is the way you will come in tune and begin to truly dance.
          Whether you are old or young, your goal is to awaken. Whatever losses or gains you have, do not give them serious thought. Play your part. Flow in tune. What is gone is gone. Whatever will come will come. Keep your peace. Then only can you help others. You may be blaming others but you have not thought of pointing a finger at yourself. Who are you to be claiming something from others? Therefore begin to have control of your life. God will never leave you. Ask yourself: have you hugged the Feet of the Lord with such joy and longing that you no longer have any questions or doubts? When He tells you the truth, are you receptive? Your life is yours but not without Him. He is your core. Surrender unto Him; you will be perfectly in tune.
          What you do is important but more important is your attitude, your inner feelings. God sees that. He knows what you mean, not what you say but what you are. We may try to explain, to justify our case, but there is no need to tell God what He already knows. On the contrary, we must listen to what He tells us. In order to listen we must be silent. Be still and know. Knowledge is not born in language or thinking; it is born in silence. When your mind is still, the Light shines. Then you will see the whole cosmic dance–how it moves, creates and dissolves; how every split second it changes patterns, colors and sounds. At that moment you are freedom and bliss–Satchidananda.