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.