The Very Cause Of Depression Is
Expectation And Attachment To The Result Of One’s Actions.
The reason we become
depressed, the reason we become unhappy, the reason we sometimes
become too elated but then we are depressed after that, is because
we are attached to the results of our actions.
something good, we become elated. We just jump all over.
Then tomorrow the thing we felt was good does not happen the way we
want it, and we become completely down. So we go up and down
like a roller coaster.
surrendering, we say, “God, it is really You who is the doer and the
result is also Yours.” Better than surrendering is submission.
It means God is doing it through us.
If we serve God…God does
not need to be served. He can just move His finger and change
a galaxy. He does not need us to bring Him a cup of water, or
a dish of food, or a nice beautiful flower, but if we do it, it
brings Grace out of Him. He becomes Graceful, He lets His
Grace flow through those people who love Him. So when we serve God,
really what we are doing is doing it for ourselves to receive His
Grace. God does not need to be served.
God does not
need to be worked for. If you serve Him, you work for Him
because of yourself, not for Him. And if you reach this point
where you know you are not the doer, if you are doing it, it is good
for you, then you do not create any expectation.
another reason for not having will. You do something.
You think it is great. Then you create expectation, and you
say, “Wow, I did all these beautiful things, now I have to receive
all this praise for it.” When you do not receive it then you
become depressed because you say, “Why am I not receiving my praise
that I am such a wonderful person?” That is again being
attached to the result of your action. That again creates the
depression because you expect something in return.
Depression really means
expecting something that is not received. The teaching that we
brought to humanity, if they really realize it, is the cure of
depression. If only they would realize that living in the
Communities of Light, sharing, and going through the Eternal
Divine Path, and at the same time knowing that they are not
attached to the result of their action, is when they are free.
You do the
action, however, you know it is not you doing it. It is God
doing it. You know God’s Will. You just go ahead and
spread that Will. And you are not attached to the result of
your actions, and teach other people also not to be attached to the
results of their actions. After awhile we will have people who are
just going on doing God’s work, serving Him, being with Him, singing
His praise, and at the same time they are happy because they are in
the world but not of it.
Shine in the world by
your great actions, but surrender the result to the Lord.
Become a channel for His Divine actions and glorify Him. When
people praise you for what you do, let them know that it is He who
does these great works through you. That is the way to be
freed from the bondage of karma.
If a person
lets Him do the great actions through him, then the real doer is not
he but He. So there will not be a false ego created by the
person, and then he is free from any trace of separateness from Him
and will dissolve his ego into the Universal Ego. He will
become one with Him, a submissive one.
So each person becomes
like a lotus. That is what a lotus is. A lotus comes
from the dirt of the lake, the very bottom of the lake. It
comes up all the way to the top of the water and opens up into a
beautiful flower, the most beautiful flower. And even if you
push that lotus inside the water, it jumps up, and all the water is
drained off of it. It is always at the top of the water.
water? Why did great spiritual teachers choose the lotus as
the symbol of realizing God? It is because water is the symbol
of ether, or manifested consciousness. So the lotus comes from
the dirt (world), progresses through the Spirit (ether) and
eventually emerges out of ether and becomes Pure Consciousness.
It comes to the top of the water; it goes to the top of the world.
The world would not affect him and he walks over the water. He
has overcome the water. In Pure Consciousness, the Will of God
is infinitely strong!
He created this
universe, so He knows better than anyone else how you can be happy
in it. If you follow His Word, if you have a problem, it would
solve all your problems because really knowing Him is knowing Self,
and knowing Self is knowing Him. When you know Him or Self,
how can you have any other problems? Other problems are really
created by yourself.
Your problems are not
important. Your problems are created by your mind. Just
look at the pattern of your life. You are creating problems
all the time, everywhere you go, anything you do, all those problems
are always there. Think about it. Meditate on that.
where you have been in all your life, this pattern happens to you
all the time. So these problems are not going to go away.
By you going away, or going on a vacation, or going from one state
and going to another state your problems are not going to be solved.
You cannot put your problems away.
Whatever happens in the
world comes from God. When something bad happens, it is a
warning that you are not walking on the path. When good
happens, it is a reward. In other words, we can say that this
world is self-sustaining: the Laws are set up in such a way
that bad actions provoke bad reactions and good actions bring good
return. However, God has complete control over everything.
realized person will be content in both situations and will use all
his efforts for His Purpose. Also we have intelligence to do
In fact, for a realized
Soul, suffering can be a blessing. It is a warning that you
have gone astray from the path of the reality of this universe, or
it is a lesson. Whenever you come back to the reality of the
universe (the right path), you will have joy. You will
“quicken” (accelerate) your Soul’s progress toward reaching the goal
(Pure Consciousness). And when you do reach there, you will be
in the Bliss (God).
When you are in the
Spirit and you are doing in the Spirit, you do not worry about
anything. Do not let your mind come and drag you down, “Oh,
no, I should not have done that. No, this should not be.
Maybe I am wrong, etc.” Meditate. When you reach that
calm state of mind, in the calm state of mind that quiet voice of
God tells you something which is good – if it’s not good, it is not
God, remember? – if it is good, do it. It is going to give you
Voice of God is so quiet that you cannot even hear it. You
think you heard it, but at the same time you do not know if you
heard it or not. But it is, at the same time, very powerful
and strong, and you have no doubt that it is Him. That is the
Voice of God and He is guiding you toward what action is to be taken
to take you to the next step.
That is what
meditation is all about. Meditation is to know what is the
Will of God. You know, someone asked me, “What am I supposed
to do in my life? I do not know my talents.” Go meditate
and hear that Voice within you clearly tell you what is the goal of
your life and why you are here.
reaching that quiet Voice sometimes is difficult. We are
living in a world that is noisy. It is full of pulls,
attractions, and a lot of things that call us toward them. So
our minds are not calm enough to hear that Voice.
That is why
God sends the Scriptures, to guide you to that quiet mind. It
is just like a very hard path with a lot of turns, holes, and
different creatures that might snatch you up along the way.
But some people eventually make it. Some of these people who
have walked this path, who may have fallen a couple of times, who
have been snatched by the creatures and the thorns tore up their
bodies, eventually made it to the end of the road.
make it, they come back and tell us, “If you reach this turn, do not
turn right, go left. If you reach this place, do not just step
on it, jump over it, etc.” So they give you a map.
That is what
the Scriptures are. They are a map for going to God, if you
read them and understand them!
Some Great Masters call
it the play, a game for God. And that is how it happens.
We should not be serious about realizing God, but sincere. If
you are serious it means that you are not flowing, you are not
really opening your heart to God. Seriousness comes from the
mind. God-realization comes from the heart. If you are
too serious about realizing God, really you hide God from yourself
because seriousness is a kind of, “You have to do it for me.”
You are the doer.
God does not
work that way. The moment you say, “You have to do it for me,”
He says, “Oh yes?” He is going to do just exactly the opposite
of what you want. But when you love Him completely with your
heart and say, “OK if you do not want to be with me fine, still I
love you,” right away you make Him completely open to you. He
starts following your heart. That is the way you can really
enslave God, by loving Him. That is the way you can invoke His
He is like a
little child when you love Him with your heart. But when you
are trying to figure Him out with your mind, then you feel he has
left you. He is no longer there. That is why they say,
“Entering heaven is just like walking on a tight rope.” When
you walk on the tight rope, it is so hard. You have to balance
yourself all the time. And that is how God works – you
have to balance yourself.
However, the first
priority in anyone’s life is to do the first work (establishing the
Kingdom Of Heaven within and without, establishing Daharma).
Even reaching Pure Consciousness by forsaking the world will not
help you in escaping the suffering of this manifested world, because
this whole universe was created in order to help All reach Pure
Consciousness. If a person desired to reach Pure Consciousness
and did everything necessary to only reach there himself, he would
be “spue[d] out” (Rev. 3:16) of heaven back to earth to help others
on the path.