In the book, The Bhagavad Gita, two characters gaze down at a battlefield from the perspective of a mountaintop, just before the battle begins. One of the two characters, Arjuna, is a master archer. He finds himself struggling as he knows he has a duty to fulfill on the battlefield, but at the same time he recognizes that this battlefield, everything about it is sort of insane. As it turns out, the other character on this hill with him, his charioteer - Krishna - turns out to be God ( aka Arjuna's higher self) and a long dialogue ensues between them.
In this story the battlefield is a metaphor for the world and the the mountaintop is that place in which one is able to access a clear and illuminated quality of perception. To anyone who has not read this book, I could not possibly recommend it more highly as this is in fact the predicament we find ourselves in now.
There is something in the world that calls us to action. And it's hard to make sense of what actions we are to take. And there is often the temptation to remain on the mountaintop, detached, allowing the world to fend for itself while we enjoy a life of quiet fulfillment and the pursuit of some kind of inner bliss.
But as Krishna points out to Arjuna, everything on the battlefield exists and is playing out within the illusion of time and space. The battle is about to happen, but the battle is also already happening and the battle has already happened. The illusion of time stretches this out into mental constructs that the egoic mind uses to distance itself from seeing things as they are.
So what is Arjuna to do? He has told Krishna that he would prefer to stay on the mountaintop with him and turn away from his duties. Sooner or later we are all Arjuna, and his crisis is our crisis. That is self evident. What is so often harder to remember is that we are all Krishna. As we enter the battlefield which is our life as a person in the world, we can also simultaneously be on the mountaintop in a state of illumination with Krishna. This is what it means to be in the world but not of the world. This is what it means to wake up inside the story.
There is work to be done in 2012 - and to the extent that you imagine yourself to be a person, this work is very real and our challenges are great. But to the extent that one can remember your true nature, which is in fact Divine, nothing in the world can harm you. Your life is a creative act, an act of service and every word you speak, every action, every thought, every breath you take is all a part of one continuous lifelong prayer.
We are on the battlefield and we are on the mountaintop at the same time. Don't let the world get you down. It's just one big passion play - a psycho drama designed for your awakening. I awaken and you awaken and we awaken a world that has has lost its way, a world that is merely a projection, a reflection of our own state of Being. As we enter 2012, let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me. Namaste ॐ
Eric Allen Bell
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