Spiritual Junk Food vs. Spiritual Nourishment
Fantasies about our spiritual life and relationships with teachers block our access to the abundance of spiritual nourishment. How can we stop fantasizing and start receiving real spiritual food? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
Podcast First Words
Everything is made of wisdom. Everything is wise. Everything is aware. So when we’re doing practice—like meditation or some other sadhana—what this means for us is that we’re not trying to come up with an explanation for what’s happening. We’re not out there in a dead material world trying to figure out things just using our mind. We’re in an alive situation where wisdom is actually going to tell us what’s going on.
Somebody asked me last night: How can I tell if the explanations that I have for what’s happening in my sadhana are fantasy or real? And I said well, don’t have any explanations. Then whatever you need to know will come to you from wisdom.
Let’s say that we’re just meeting someone. We can relate to being in the presence of another person in a more wholistic way. That means having some understanding of how it is for the other person—what mood they’re in, how they’re feeling, or something about them.
We can do this in a way that involves our whole body and all of our senses. We’re not thinking to ourselves: I wonder how this person is, let me see how they might be. We’re just receiving a hit, I like to say, about how someone else is. How that person is is actually communicating itself to us. We don’t have to try to discern how it is for another person just using our mind in a mechanical or aggressive way.
It’s the same thing in our sadhana. We’re not sitting there trying to figure things out. We’re actually trying to relax, open our senses, and open our mind so that we can receive the hit from wisdom.