Summer was fun and school has started for a month, it seems that I have not written a blog in forever. While school is not as much fun as summer, this is the time when my mentor, friend, and guru, Rajen uncle visit us in California and I wait for this all year round. He was with us for 3 weeks and I had an amazing time with him. While he was here he had several seminars where he spoke on several topics, that apply to our day to day lives. Some of these topics were how events occur in our lives, the journey of the soul, and self-observation. The one big takeaway for me this year was how is the rush of life possibly we may have become a slave of reaction. This raised a question which I am trying to figure out. How would life be different if we did not react all the time?
Being a kid I approached this question like a video game. Let’s see if what I am saying makes sense and would love to get your feedback I call it the game of life. The game is played between 2 players. The players are the heart and the mind. Each player has a unique characteristic and they have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. The mind is like a camera. It can record things, whether they are positive or negative events. The heart has no memory, and can only live in the present moment and does not remember anything from the past. Now the game begins and life events start occurring. An example of this, in my day to day life, my sister loves to sing. My mind records this if I am happy as a positive event and if I am occupied with something it irritates me a lot and it is recorded as a negative event. The next time when she sings my mind automatically will want me to react. The magical question is now what happens will this reaction be positive or negative? Will, I get irritated or not? Well, I noticed is I was in a good mood so this time I did not get irritated? So now the question is who is winning the heart or the mind? Rajen uncle explained this is a nice way reminding me of the story of the turtle and the Rabbit. The heart is like the turtle, while the mind is like the rabbit. The heart needs time to go up and ask God what to do, and the mind has a monkey in it who jumps around and reacts without thinking. At the end of the day both of the players have strengths, but how they are used is what matters.
The main question is that in the end, who will win. Who will it be, the camera of the mind with a jumping monkey or will it be the heart who stays in the present and pauses, that wins? I think that the heart would win because even though it can not remember the good things in the past it still forgets all the bad things which are more powerful than remembering everything. I would love to hear who you think is going to win most of the time in the comments below.