Being Here With A Purpose

My previous blog included Sri Aurobindo's words about being here in the middle of the grief and through the exp erience of the opposite, we shall know and understand what we are truly seeking. In other words, to know peace, know chaos. To know love, know abandonment. To know success, know failure. To know grief, know joy. Make up your own list of wonderful things that you have learned through the experience of its opposite. For example, you may have become a really good student only when you had become a really bad student and saw the consequences you were going to face unless you changed. Your experience has taught you that you don't have to go out looking for trouble. Trouble will find you. What allows you to stop learning the hard way is consciousness.

My previous writings about not wanting to be here are encouraged by many forms of traditional and accepted means of escape and release from the planet besides substance. The damage that Christianity has done in promoting escape to heaven as well as Buddhism's nirvana-seeking dictates serve as visible examples of escape-oriented approaches to life by offering no-life as a solution. The message? Be somewhere else but don't be here. I guess being here is wrong. Everyone has heard it..."they're in a better place now." So, death is better than life. Life is hard and should be avoided. Death is your release from a hard life. Do you have anything whatsoever in your experience (this doesn't include what you have been taught) but in your direct experience that tells you that not being here and instead, being somewhere else (heaven, nirvana, outer space, etc.) is going to exempt you from having to take responsibility for your life's purpose? Do you see where I am going with this?

In Book Three / The Book of the Divine Mother / Canto Two / The Adoration of the Divine Mother, Sri Aurobindo says;

"Thou hast reached the boundless silence of the Self,
Thou hast leaped into a glad divine abyss;
But where hast thou thrown Self's mission and Self's power?
On what dead bank on the Eternal road?
One was within thee who was self and world,
What hast thou done for his purpose in the stars?
Escape brings not the victory and the crown!
Something thou cam'st to do from the Unknown,
But nothing is finished and the world goes on
Because only half God's cosmic work is done."

Escape, regardless of the reason, is not the answer. And if we engage in Sri Aurobindo's warning, we must answer: what did we come here to do?

Sitting quietly, being still for several moments, I encourage the reader to respond to his question: "But where hast thou thrown Self's mission and Self's power?"

Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia