Mind is always looking for “what is next?”, what is the next pleasure, what is the next excitement, what is the next agenda or goal… the nature of the conditioned mind is based on “what is next” or “what should be”. It seems to be a compulsive need without which mind feels lost. In the living moment there is nothing next, there is no “should be”. The idea of self is dependent on this compulsive urge of what is next. It can be a frightening or a challenging moment for the mind if it is told that there is nothing next… Our minds are most of the time searching for what-is-next and in this process we invent problems to be solved and goals to be achieved. The mind is reduced to be a problem-solving machine. In order to solve problems - so that mind feels meaningfully occupied – it has to first create or project problems. We waste lot of energy in this illusory game of the mind. Part of self-realization is to see how the ego-mind loves to create and solve problems out of nothing. If the meaninglessness and falseness of this process is seen then there is a lot of freedom from unnecessary struggles and suffering. An inner peace dawns when you are free from this burden of “what is next”. Then life is no longer a problem to be solved but a beautiful wonder to be lived!
Love, freedom and transformation...
Excerpts from a talk given by Mukesh at Centrum Alandi, Steyl, The Netherlands. Date: July 3rd, 2014
Welcome friends in this sacred space of togetherness. It’s a special moment when some human beings come together with this spirit of inquiring into truth, understanding oneself, understanding life. This is what perhaps makes us human: this quest for truth, for the deeper meanings of life. Before we begin I'd like to share something. We may have come from different backgrounds, from different cultures, with different influences and education. Apart from these outer, superficial differences there is something common, a common thread in all of us. As we entered this beautiful space of Alandi, we put our shoes outside. So I would request similarly if we can leave our opinions, beliefs, our baggage, which we may be carrying, outside, and participate here fully, wholeheartedly. So that we are fully present here without the baggage of previous knowledge and then we can listen to each other. When we listen through the screen of our knowledge, and keep comparing what we are hearing now with what I already know, then I'm occupied with the noise of my comparison. Then I'm not really free to listen, not totally here. So I request all of us to gift each other the presence of this moment and leave aside all our beliefs and opinions. We're not here just spectators or observers, but we are participating together. We are together doing this inquiry. There is no authority here. We're all students of life here as we've come together to explore, to find out if there is something deeper than our daily mechanical living. So let us take this journey together as learners.