The Driver Example For Self Realization (Part 2)
If a good driver, while driving a car is distracted by the negative and disturbing scenes which he comes across and his attention is pulled in many different directions, he will make his journey unsafe increasing the chances of meeting with accidents. When the same principles are applied to the soul and the body, I also need to take care that, while traveling on the road of life, I am not distracted by scenes that are not useful to me e.g. when looking out through my eyes, I don’t have to take in all the images, scenes and information along the way, otherwise I may meet with an accident.
➔When listening through my ears, I don’t have to take in all the words and everything that people say, otherwise I may meet with an accident. I can choose to take in what is useful for me, but I do not have to register distracting, negative and harmful images, words, and behaviours. Just like a driver, I see and understand situations and I keep my eyes and ears open. It would be unsafe to ignore them completely, I need to be aware of them. But I look only for the positive in them, so that I remain focused and am not deflected from my experience of inner contentment and bliss, while making the journey.
➤I, the soul, as the driver in charge of this vehicle, the body, also need to take care that I do not drive rashly i.e. I learn to monitor the feelings and attitudes that are transmitted outwards through my eyes, my words and my actions. Driving rashly i.e. transmitting negative energy in this way could harm any other traveler on the road of life. When these feelings and attitudes stay positive, filled with sweetness, purity and respect, that too helps to ensure that my journey passes smoothly and enjoyably.
➔When I stay alert and aware in a driver conscious and drive carefully, my actions bring me closer to my spiritual truth and I am able to share my positivity with others around me. When I lose awareness for even a moment, there's danger either from me to others or from others to me.
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Message for Today
"To check regularly means to bring about a change"
Expression: When there is any negative action performed, there is an immediate feeling of guilt and a desire not to perform it again. But the checking also needs to be at a level where it never repeats again. Maintaining a chart of one's own weakness means checking regularly. Such checking brings about a permanent change.
Experience: When I am able to maintain a chart where I could monitor my own progress, I am able to remain committed to my transformation. Adverse situations or people will never deter me, but I am able to bring about the desired change. I am able to continue the process of self-transformation even when what I seek to change is not harmful in the present phase of my life. Thus regular checking will prevent carelessness from creeping in.