Remaining Unperturbed- 03
By Dr. Dwaraka Nath on 11-08-2014
Once a guy visited my Guru and said that he was very worried about his addiction to coffee. My Guru told him, “it seems you have divided yourself into 2 parts, one of which is addicted to coffee and the other is addicted to worrying. Otherwise how is it possible that you drink mugs & mugs of coffee and worry together? Either one is possible but not both. Since you do both together, it is obvious there are two ‘You’, two selves in you. One of whom goes on having gallons of coffee and the another who keeps repenting it, condemning it and cursing it. And the problem is, the one that has coffee will continue till the end of life and the other part of you will go on repenting all along the line. The repenting self will go on taking vows and pledges again and again to quit coffee.” So my Guru said to him, “You should do only one thing- either have coffee without repenting or quit coffee. If you try both, you will always be in hell. If you have coffee, be totally involved in having coffee without sparing an iota of your being. Don’t allow even a fragment of your being to stand aloof like a judge condemning coffee or justifying it.”
And then my Guru said, “If you can become integrated and whole in drinking coffee, then a day will come when the whole being in you can quit coffee, and quit it effortlessly and completely. The one who is addicted to coffee totally can quit the coffee as totally. He will never live perpetually in conflict of to be or not to be. And he will enjoy coffee and not having coffee.” A fragmented person is neither here nor there. He is miserable when he is having coffee because his other part condemns him as a sinner. And when he quits coffee, the addict in him asserts, saying that he is missing a great pleasure and luxury. There is no need for this conflict, misery and restlessness. Ne among us who is complete, who is total, who becomes one with any and every situation comes his way, such a person ceases to be witness. That person transcends witnessing. Witnessing is a means not an end. Krishna is not a witness although he exhorts Arjuna to be a witness. In Krishna there is no alienation between the subject and object, between the observer and the observed. Now there is only observing, a process of observation. And this is total.
About The Author
Dr. Dwaraka Nath, who took his doctorate from Mangalore University in 2007 is a qualified healer in Naturopathy and Yogic sciences. The insatiable fire within, to exploit the good old Indian preventive health care strategies to its full, ended up in Mitran Foundation, dedicated to humanity.