There is a very meaningful Sufi story : A man was very worried because every night someone would enter his garden and destroy all his plants. He did everything that could be done to protect it. He posted guards along the boundary, bur never was anybody seen entering the garden at night. Yet, every morning, the garden would be trashed. He then went to a Sufi Master, in the hope that the Master would be able to see things he and the guards could not. The Master closed his eyes and said, “Do one thing, fix the alarm on your clock for two o’clock in the night.” “How is this going to help ? My guards are continuously watching and patrolling around the house.” The Master said, “There is no need to argue. Just do what I say. Fix the alarm for two o’clock. Then come the next day and tell me what happened.”
If we look deep within ourselves, we will see that in some way or the other, we are all sleepwalkers. We sow the seeds of our misdeeds in the deep sleep of unconsciousness, and then wonder why our lives are so miserable. When we love another person, we often end up taking things for granted in the name of love.
In reality, we are the seed that needs to flower. We are supposed to become what we are in our essence or potentiality. In that sense, WE ARE PERFECT AS WE ARE, because we originate from the whole. the Upanishads declare : This is the whole. That is the whole. From the whole springs the whole. Take the whole from the whole and only the whole remains.
When we see suffering human beings, even with whom we have no personal connection, isn’t empathy our first instinct ? For many of us this INSTINCTIVE EMPATHY rises for animals and birds, as well as the earth and ecosphere.
It is a well-established fact that the biggest impediment in the way of one’s peace, happiness and enlightenment is “EGO”.
First, we need to understand what is “ego” and then reduce it so as to achieve eternal peace, happiness and enlightenment.