Awareness is a Bridge

Q & A with Sri Avinash.

Awareness is a Bridge

Q & A with Sri Avinash.

Question

What is awareness and why is it so important to be aware of our thoughts?

Question

What is awareness and why is it so important to be aware of our thoughts?

Awareness is the bridge between theory and practice.

My Master shares a story to illustrate this. There was a wealthy businessman who believed that whatever a person is thinking about at the time of their death will determine what they become in their next life. So he named his three sons after the gods Krishna, Rama and Shiva. He thought that at the moment of death he’s sure to call one of his sons to come and be near him, so he named his sons after gods.

The moment of his death came, and he called out to his sons, “Krishna!” “Rama!” “Shiva!” All three came as fast as they could to be with their father. But suddenly the businessman said, “My boys, if you’re all here, who’s running the business?”

So he had called out God’s name, but his whole life was so focussed on money that his last thought was about who was going to run his business!

He didn’t think of God at the moment of his death, because the awareness wasn’t there. The strategy was there, the theory was there, but the awareness wasn’t there.

Awareness is the bridge between theory and practice.

My Master shares a story to illustrate this. There was a wealthy businessman who believed that whatever a person is thinking about at the time of their death will determine what they become in their next life. So he named his three sons after the gods Krishna, Rama and Shiva. He thought that at the moment of death he’s sure to call one of his sons to come and be near him, so he named his sons after gods.

The moment of his death came, and he called out to his sons, “Krishna!” “Rama!” “Shiva!” All three came as fast as they could to be with their father. But suddenly the businessman said, “My boys, if you’re all here, who’s running the business?”

So he had called out God’s name, but his whole life was so focussed on money that his last thought was about who was going to run his business!

He didn’t think of God at the moment of his death, because the awareness wasn’t there. The strategy was there, the theory was there, but the awareness wasn’t there.

So the purpose of spiritual training is to increase this awareness. When that awareness increases to a certain level, then there will be a bridge between theory and practice.

Awareness is a bridge - bridge over water Self-Realization Ashram
Awareness is a bridge - bridge over water Self-Realization Ashram

So the purpose of spiritual training is to increase this awareness. When that awareness increases to a certain level, then there will be a bridge between theory and practice.

Awareness is a bridge - Prayer beads Mala in Monk

Otherwise you can do courses and retreats and study all the spiritual knowledge, but in the moment where it counts you won’t remember it. Like the businessman.

So what we need is few secrets but great awareness, then we can actually apply and live all the spiritual principles that lead to happiness and peace of mind.

Awareness is a bridge - Prayer beads Mala in Monk

Otherwise you can do courses and retreats and study all the spiritual knowledge, but in the moment where it counts you won’t remember it. Like the businessman.

So what we need is few secrets but great awareness, then we can actually apply and live all the spiritual principles that lead to happiness and peace of mind.

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2018-05-03T20:49:34+00:00

One Comment

  1. Jane October 18, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the enlightening talk, Sri Avinash 🙂

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