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Following Goodness

Nandi Statue Following Goodness
Episode No. 184

An inner feeling of goodness and wholesomeness is the ultimate life coach. Following that is the ultimate integrity. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi

Podcast First Words

There’s no dichotomy, tension, or choice to be made between so-called regular and so-called spiritual life. It’s got nothing to do with what you’re doing. It’s how you are doing it, what that means to you, and what that represents in your life. You could do just about anything—or not do just about anything—and be following the sense of goodness that’s within you.

The idea isn’t—Should I choose this, or should I choose that? Do I want this, or do I want that? That’s a very false dichotomy.

All that kind of thinking and worrying is all about trying to find a reason to keep your attachments and get what small self wants. Because it’s not a question of do I want this or do I want that? Or should I do this or should I do that? It’s who’s asking those questions? Which I is asking those questions?

The idea when we’re being in our own best condition, when we’re following sweetness, goodness, wholesomeness, and our own sense of inner value is that we’re trying to find, through that sense of inner feeling, the trajectory that’s going to be most relaxing. That’s going to make us feel like we’re in integrity and rightness with ourselves and with God—same thing. And that’s going to lead to the least entanglement.

Entanglement comes when we have that engine of fixation and compulsion running. We feel we have to do something. We have to respond, fix, get, achieve. We have to do this. We have to do that. I want this. I want that. I want the other. And we get embroiled in all of these different situations that are really just feeding that compulsion.

So the idea is that every single one of you, I know, has access to this feeling of inner goodness, rightness, sweetness, wholesomeness, value. Everyone one of you has access to that.