' From Stagnation To Radiance '
"Shiva himself said that when women outnumber men on this planet, at that time Kali Yuga will come to an end."
Right now here [referring to the number present at the consecration] women clearly outnumber men.
When #KaliYuga ends the next yuga is supposed to bring forth better people.
It will bring forth devas.
The word ‘deva’ literally means a radiant being.
Essentially, all life upon this planet is solar-powered. It is just that some life holds what comes to it; some life radiates what comes to it.
"If you choose to radiate, you become a deva.
If you hold back you become a rakshasa."
Not because you do something that somebody thinks is bad do you become a rakshasa.
You become a rakshasa because you have no sense of giving.
Giving does not necessarily mean this or that; just that your life process is a giving.
When you are this way, giving will happen the way it needs to happen.
It is not that you have to think,
‘Where should I give?
How much should I give?
What should I give?’
That calculation destroys everything.
If there is a certain sense of giving in everything that you are, if you become a giving, you become a deva.
Sitting here, consecration after consecration, if you continue to remain a rakshasa
– ‘what can I get’; ‘what can I get’
– you will get a stone in the end or maybe nobody will even bother to put a stone.
If you transform your life from
‘What can I get?’ to ‘What can I give?’
if every moment of your life is a process of giving, you become a deva.
Giving is not about developing an attitude.
If you allow life to happen, it is a giving. The nature of life is like that. If it holds it becomes stagnant. Only if it keeps flowing, this is a beautiful experience.
If you horde life, if you become a stagnant life, it is a miserable life. You will have everything, yet you will have nothing. You will have more than everybody but you will have nothing in your experience, because life is not in quantities.
Life is only in the intensity of experience. ‘How much do I have’ doesn’t make your life big or small; how intensely you are experiencing it right now, is what makes your life big or small.
I have had the privilege of meeting and seeing all kinds of beggars. I have seen various kinds of beggars: crippled beggars, blind beggars, malnourished beggars, well-fed beggars, and billionaire beggars.
So this was a real beggar on the street. He had collected a few kilograms of rice for the day.
In India a lot of people don’t give money to the beggars, they give grains. Giving rice is a very common practice.
He had collected quite a bit of rice for the day, in his bag. Then he saw a fine chariot coming and thought, ‘Oh a rich man, maybe I’ll go and beg. If he is generous he may give a gold coin, something.’ He went there to beg.
A really radiant being got down from the chariot; a fabulous looking man. Just when the beggar was about to beg, the man put his hands in front of him and said, ‘Bhiksham dehi,’ he is begging.
He thought, ‘Oh my God.’ The tradition is, if somebody stands in front of you and asks something, you should not deny him.
For a human being to come to a place within himself where he has to beg, once he has put himself into such a despicable place, you must give him something. That’s the tradition.
The beggar looked at him and said,
‘Okay, you look rich but you’re begging,
as per my tradition and culture I can’t say no.’
So he took out one grain of rice from his bag and gave it to the rich man. That man took it and went.
The beggar came home, storing up the rice. Then, as he was pouring the rice into a container, he saw one grain of rice had turned into solid gold.
He sat and cried, ‘If I only had put my whole bag into that man’s hand, I would have had a bagful of gold.’ That’s how life is.