The Binge-Worthy Story of Waking Up
Shambhavi kicks off a week-long retreat with this satsang about being perfect, getting played by God, and the drama of waking up to your real nature. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
Podcast First Words
Everything that’s happening here is completely natural and fine. Even war and mayhem and fascism. Even Trump’s hairdo. Everything here is completely natural and fine. Everything is being produced by one Self, by one continuous awareness and its energy, by wisdom. Everything that’s here is an experience. The real nature of yourself as an individual is an experience of an individual self.
So it’s just like if you were in a play or starring in a movie. You would inhabit a character and try to generate an experience of that character in order to play that character. But that character isn’t a real person in the same way that they think they are. Well, from God’s perspective, you’re a character in a play. From your perspective, you’re a character in a play who’s forgotten you’re a character in a play.
But this process of forgetting is completely natural. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s actually just what God does. So everything that’s here is the life process of God, of Shiva Nature, of Buddha Nature, it doesn’t really matter what you call it.
For those of you who may be freaked out by the word God, I used to never use the word God. Maybe you’re a rationalist skeptic—someone who can’t figure out what you’re doing here, but you’re here anyway, and you just have to deal with yourself. But even if you start off that way, what happens is if you do some practice consistently, eventually, inevitably, 100% of the time, you’re going to end up in a state of devotion.