by Nick Andrea
Get that through your head. There’s nothing to gain in life, materially, intellectually, or spiritually. Nor are we supposed to, for we’re part of something much larger. A flow, in which move all things from one person to another – like money, knowledge, and spiritual ability. This means that we receive things only that we may pass them along to others. It’s the way of things, the natural law. And disease is the poisonous fruit of hoarding for ourselves.
You know why? Because hoarding perpetuates the grand illusion of our separateness from all of life. Think about it, how many of the rich and famous have been driven to insanity by their wealth? Take the duPont’s of Delaware, for example, the wealthy 17th century french immigrants who made their killing making gunpowder (no pun intended) during the Revolutionary War. Some years ago Mr. John duPont killed his gardener in cold blood with his shotgun. No reason, no motive. However, it may not be that hard to understand when you consider another fact: that the duPonts have been inbreeding ever since they got rich. Now it’s not even their money making their minds and bodies sick, it’s their genetics!
But is it only the hoarding of money that ruins people’s lives? No. Countless spiritual masters, intellectuals, and cultural icons have feel from grace, unable to live up to the power and influence flowing through them. Consider Yogi Bhajan, Swami Muktananda, and Swami Satchidananda, all of whom had sex scandals, or Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who was often so drunk while teaching that his students had to hold him up. Recall the 18th century journalist Jacques Hebert, one of the leaders of the French Revolution, who called for the rolling of hundreds of heads and later championed the bizarre Cult of Reason. (The whole thing eventually led to his own death by guillotine.) How about Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith, and Janis Joplin, three bright young stars driven to death or close to it?
No, my friends, health is not in the hoarding of physical, mental, or spiritual power. Health is in the flow. It is in not getting upset when you get a bonus then have to spend it all on car maintenance. It’s in using your knowledge to teach children in Ghana about overpopulation. It’s in meditating long hours so your psychic insight can benefit others. That’s the flow.
But, isn’t this bad news for those of us trying to make something of ourselves, to be somebody, to build something? It sure was to me when I first started experiencing it. It was then that Buddha’s realization of impermanence really hit home. It was like, “Shit man, in it comes and out it goes.” I looked up at the sky and shook my fist at God, “What’s in it for me, ya big jerk?” I was pretty pissed.
So this sucks, right? Wrong. The truth is that stuff we think we need is impermanent because we never needed it in the first place. Huh? Yeah, it’s true. We’re already whole, perfect, and complete. We didn’t come to this life to get whole, perfect, and complete, we came here because we already are. So, wanting the perpetual fortune, wanting to be the smartest molecular biologist, wanting to be the enlightened master are all a bunch of b.s. They’re just just ego desires we project onto the screen of life.
Ok, you say, the love of money is the root of all evil, and more and more knowledge will not make you happy, I know that. But isn’t wanting to be an enlightened master, at least, a good thing? Nope. Even that is ego. To quote Puppetji, the famous puppet guru of Youtube, “The truth of who you are wants nothing, needs nothing, is nothing” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydAfgSIgU_E). It’s true! Did you ever stop to ask yourself, “Who’s in this body?” I mean, really, who is in this body? It’s like a rhetorical question; try it, you’ll see. 🙂
But, if there’s nothing to gain from life then why do we go to work, have a family, or invest in the stock market? Why should we eat healthy food or go workout? What would motivate someone to work for the U.N. on global problems, or become president? Why do anything?
Because here’s the secret. It’s a big secret, the biggest in the universe actually; it’s the key to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s why you should do anything……. You ready? I mean, are you really ready?
Because you love it. That’s why. You should do it because you love it because this moment is all you got. There’s nothing to gain that you need and don’t already have. Life is always right now, and never then.
So! Go to work because you love it, meditate deeply because you love it, fly airplanes because you love to, play guitar, have children, eat greens and drink raw juice… run for president, go help the children in Africa, invest in the stock market because you love it! Stay faithful to your husband because you love him! Are you gettin’ it yet, ’cause if you’re not here’s the second biggest secret in the universe, it’s the one you get when you missed number 1: if you don’t love it, then change it!
That’s right you big dope; no excuses for not being madly, passionately in love with your life! No excuses for not following your passion with reckless abandon. I mean it! God’s got no mercy for people doing what they hate. He didn’t create you to suffer in a pathetic state of meaninglessness, enslaved to all your fear-based, hoarding “desires.” He didn’t create you to be unwilling to share spiritual techniques because “I want to be the enlightened one,” or attached to jobs because “I’m afraid I won’t have enough money,” or attached to girlfriends because “I’m afraid to be alone.” I learned that the HARD way. If you’re not living your passion you’re gonna get your ass kicked sooner or later. You better believe it! Even dying won’t save you from that, cause you know what’s gonna happen if you do without having lived in the moment? You’re gonna regret every moment lost.
Life is Heaven. Life is completion. Life is enlightenment. Don’t be one of the living dead. Quit that job you hate. Start that business you’ve always dreamed of having. Go on that mission trip to Kenya to help those children you’ve always had a heart for. Go play in that rock band! Buy that sailboat! Go spend that month in retreat! Just do it! Love, love, love until there’s nothing left of you but THAT. 🙂