Gandhi, Trust, & Moray


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" ... When every hope is gone, "when helpers fail and comforts flee," I experience that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting, or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they {thoughts of God} alone are real, all else is unreal. ..."

That is a quote from Gandhi.

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Gandhi's words are, of course, profoundly true ... They also remind me of the Sufi zikr "La Illaha Il Allahu" which means "There is no reality but God; There is only God.

The Divine or The Universe does indeed work in Mysterious ways and it certainly can not be explained by Science or logic. Instead of worship or prayers I would rather use "tapping into the inner voice" or the "voice within" but the principle is same as Gandhi's. And of course, this is about surrendering into That which is Always here!

Gandhi was not just a gifted and extraordinary Socio-Political Leader, but he was also a "Realized Being" like Papaji or Ramana Maharishi His life work was of social action vs. contemplation. As I had said in one of the past episodes ...  The challenge is always to serve the Mystery with our entire life without necessarily knowing the outcome. Gandhi, Papaji, and Ramana certainly did that ... each in his own unique way.

Let me share some parts of a relevant personal story:

In Jan 199, my dear beloved wife and I were returning from Sacred Valley to Cusco with two Peruvian acquaintances in their car. On the spur of the moment we decided to go and see Moray, one of the Incas sacred places which we had missed in our previous trip to Peru ....
Moray is a fascinating creation of concentric circles  (or "terraced circular depressions" in the earth) going down deeper and deeper into the earth. It is a remote place between Cusco and the Sacred Valley and is reached through long, sometimes winding dirt roads.

On the way up, we gave a short ride to a local woman who disappeared into nowhere shortly after disembarking. This  area was a high plateau wilderness with nothing man made visible as far as the eye could see. During the ride, the woman muttered something in her local language  ... our friends explained later on that she was saying "it is monsoon season and it could rain soon" ... and that the four of us were "crazy to be out here at this time" ...

We arrived in Moray late afternoon and the magic of the place entranced us and time just flew .... It was getting dark as we were returning and soon it started to rain. The dirt roads  with deep ruts were getting treacherously slippery ... Shortly after we navigated a long switchback; we slid off into a ditch ... With some effort, we managed to get the car out but it veered off again into the next ditch some 100 feet further up ... and to make matters worse the car was hopelessly stuck and now it also had two flat tires.

So here we were .... stranded at night, in the middle of nowhere, miles from the nearest village ... in a seemingly impossible predicament. ... and with no hope of any help!

Thankfully, despite all of this, we do remember feeling a deep calm and a distinct sense that all would be OK.

Suddenly I noticed a tiny light on the other side of Moray, far far away, slowly moving towards us. Now this was all wilderness area so a moving light was utterly unthinkable and yet here it was getting closer and closer.

As it turns out it was a local farmer in a truck with his large family ... So, with some more adventure, we were able to get to a small village about 10 miles away and from there, again magically, get to a decent shelter for the night.

The fundamental point is that any help coming from the other side of Moray was utterly unimaginable.

Of course, there is lot more to this story but I won't go into that except to say that its a great source of inspiration for us ... invariably during certain intense challenges,  when "every hope is gone ... " this story reminds us and gives us the strength to persevere ... to know that " somehow some help will arrive ... and probably from some unimaginable source ..."

As Gandhi aptly said on another occasion " ... I cannot recall a moment in my life when I had a sense of desertion by God ..."

The above story is not the only one ... we have many such stories from our life when "there was no hope left" but it did arrive mysteriously and most times from an unexpected source. The mention of our stories  here is not intended to glamorize us or our life but to point out that the Mystery works in all of our lives ... ordinary lives as well as the extraordinary ones.

The more we trust  the "voice within" the more it is available ...  ... That which is always here is Always here ... How can it not?

You may also enjoy our other channel ...  RumiTime re mystical poetry readings from Rumi, Kabir, Nirmala, Hafez (Hafiz), and others.


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