Always Tending The Garden

Rain on the window screen – November 13, 2020

The work I do now reminds me of tending about 14 acres of strawberries near Kansas City, Missouri, when I worked for the organization responsible for teaching Transcendental Meditation (TM) during the early 1980’s.

The plants were in the ground and thriving. These were organically grown so no herbicides were used, and that meant going up and down the rows, plucking out every errant weed and blade of grass by hand. The work was continuous, so once the two large fields were weeded we just began again, as new weeds had sprouted in the meantime.

Such is the work here in the US – A change of leadership is due here on January 20th, 2021, similar to the harvest of strawberries we anticipated on the farm. However the work to maintain a clean, abundant field, ensuring the harvest, is ongoing, every day.

This constant attention is not due to fear or obsession, but done instead out of duty and service. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi once likened the job of those practicing TM as the washing machines of the world, eliminating stress, and allowing for more of humanity’s potential to flourish. The emphasis was on group practice during Maharishi’s time, to establish a deep foundation of pure consciousness, cosmic awareness, from which to act, ensuring both vitality and harmony in the world.

Although the regular practice of TM is always there too, the focus of Brahman or full enlightenment is on dedicated activity, with the aid of both unbounded awareness and our seamless relationship with Divinity. In this way, intentions and prayers can be fostered and carried out without much fuss.

The Divine heart naturally guides the awareness to actions that will be the most effective, and we do them innocently, taking responsibility yet offering up all actions to God, the Heavenly Host, that any actions reach completion as quickly as possible.

Whether we see it and feel it directly, or not, this planet and all of its inhabitants are members of the cosmic family. It is through the recognition of this, and consequent actions that we move from a disconnected existence lost to ourselves, to one in which we claim our destiny for the world, favoring peace over violence, harmony over discord, and an abundant harvest for us all.

Sometimes the work seems fruitless or agonizingly slow, but this is just due to all of the overshadowing going on in global consciousness. If the awareness is not established at its source, it can be destabilized, running toward or away from perceived threats, whatever comes to mind, living in fear, anger, and dread.

Life always challenges us to adopt a more and more comprehensive way of being. If we do this intelligently by mechanically and gradually expanding our awareness, it is easy, and life matches this depth and momentum, both in terms of fresh opportunities and new solutions.

Such progress cannot be made though, if we rely on our gross nature without the benefit of this cosmic connection. This would be like someone watching the sunset and declaring that the sun will never rise again, based on the obvious evidence.

Thankfully and graciously we are beyond such an ignorance living Brahman, Totality, making it our commitment instead to radiate the truth of life, that progress is always supported for all, simply by knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, our true nature. Such a life makes failure on any level unthinkable, and fulfillment no matter how vast, inevitable.

In that spirit, it is time for us to pull a few more weeds. šŸ™‚

~ Jai Guru Dev ~

Published by Jim Flanegin

it shows up in the pictures...I am a US citizen (born in California), though spent my childhood through high school living primarily in SE Asia, giving me a deep view of both East and West. I began TM at 21 and the TM-Sidhis at 26. I was visited by Guru Dev at 39. The rest is history. :-)

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