If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.
Our perception of good and bad may actually be flawed. I need the so called “bad” to shape me. We are constantly being shaped like a beautiful statue… Many times along the way we cry for help and want to come out of the fire in the furnace. We ask and beg for the whole process to be stopped in our pain. But it looks like the fire is needed to make the pot. Or the chisel is needed to carve the statue. But when they were used to create the statue or pot, the chisel and fire seemed “evil” and “cruel”. But once the total creation is complete these tools would have served their purpose… The so called “Evil” may be there to mould and prepare us .
The pot needs to be broken again and again to recreate itself. For it to become a bigger one, It needs to lose the older one. The act is of preparing itself to carry more . And so do I. …. I too need to constantly break free of my chains and concepts. And also ideas of what is, what I have been, believed in and been chained by/ to. I need not fear any more the breaking of the pot . I recognize now, that it is for my own good and growth …..
This is the process, I finally realize. I cannot hold on to the breaking of the pot. It will happen automatically in due time. That is it’s nature. And the outcome on the contrary to what everyone believes in, is not of pain or suffering, but of understanding, compassion and love…
Bhaja Govindam – from the immortal composition of Adi Sankaracharya, 10 verses of this hymn divinely rendedered by MS Subbulakshmi.
It is said that Adi Shankaracharya, accompanied by his disciples, was walking along a street in Varanasi one day when he came across an aged scholar teaching the rules of Sanskrit grammar to his students by rote. Taking pity on him, Adi Shankaracharya went up to the scholar and advised him not to waste his time on grammar at his age but to turn his mind to God in worship and adoration, which became the origin for this hymn.