Surrender to Chaos

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The world around us as well as the world inside us (which are not different, it is just the ego that separates them) are chaotic.

They are chaotic in all aspects: in the sense that we do not really understand them, in the sense that our mind is not fast enough to keep pace with and observe them in real time, in the sense that they are composed from endless tiny particles, details, and processes, in the sense that we cannot have any control over them, none whatsoever!

Take for example your body, right now, not as a concept. Do you have any, even slight, real-time wisdom as to what is going on there right now? These billions delicate processes that at this very same time operate within your tissues, your magnificent blood system with all its astonishing survival functionings, your nerve system with its numerous signals signaling at this very moment, your memory, your brain. Do you have any control over these processes? If this is not chaos then what is chaos? Right here at your threshold.

Yet, our mind, built on the foundations of fear and distrust in existence, tries hopelessly to gain control over this chaos. Our mind fears whatever is not under its control, or to be more accurate, whatever it thinks is not under its control since distrust means there is nothing divine out there (and in there) that it can trust to do the right job in this chaotic world.

And so how does the mind fools itself to gain control over chaos? By simplifying and filtering it into a narrow one-dimensional model, by ignoring and thus eliminating 99% of it. In this sense, we are all narrow minded.

There are some good practical outcomes from this filtering mechanism. Thanks to this simplified view of the world, we can identify running cars and cross the street safely. Indeed, basic physical survival is probably the reason for this filtering mechanism. The problem arises when our mind tries to use this mechanism to have a mental controllable view over existence, over chaos.

And in such one-dimensional simplified narrowed filtered view of the world, no wonder we feel emotional emptiness, constant sense of boredom, it is indeed so boring and casual world this way. Emotional emptiness, so common and yet so concealed, is one of the main prices we pay for our trial to control and avoid chaos. The world turns simple but then boring.

Going beyond this mechanism and surrendering to chaos is one of the most powerful approaches to cure emotional emptiness. How to do it? This is for my next blog entry, I will show a simple meditation technique that assists in surrendering to chaos.



santthosh kumaar's picture

SURRENDER HAPPENS ON ITS OWN

Santthosh
HI TANIA,
IT IS NOT THE BODY THAT HAS TO SURRENDER. THE BODY IS DEPENDENT ON THE MIND FOR ITS EXISTENCE. SURRENDER HAPPENS ON ITS OWN WHEN THE MIND BECOMES AWARE OF ITS TRUE SUBSTANCE. WHATEVER ONE KNOWS ABOUT THE WORLD AS A PERSON IS NOTHING BUT MIND. KNOWING WHAT IS MIND IS VERY MUCH IMPORTANT THEN INVESTIGATING EVERYTHING ON THE PHYSICAL BASE OR EGO.
WITH RESPECT AND REGARDS.
SANTTHOSH

santthosh kumaar | Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:35
lilian's picture

Can't agree with you

I don't know what uou mean by "body". Body, mind, they are the same thing... And this thing is the only thing that can surrender...

It is about surrendering to what you can term as chaos which is the reality in which we live in. Great immediate tangible benefit is yielded from this surrender.

Intellectual understanding hardly brings anything, let alone surrender. At some point when this intellectual thinking process turns to be obsessive, it is like a mental masturbation, a trick of amusement of the mind, beware of this understanding.

Surrender does not mean doing, on the contrary, it means stopping completely to do, stopping to resist, in this case stopping to resist the chaotic happening within and without the body.

Try it and you will see that it is possible.

lilian | Wed, 07/16/2008 - 04:51
Ladyshamballa's picture

Why do you always have to disagree

Hi kids..This is exactly why we need an enlightened guru.
Your just babbling with your own opinions, preferences and idiosyncracies and when enough of you agree you can start your own church.Here's a hint...when you get enlightened,you won't argue.
Our egos get so puffed up and we actually think we can teach others.I suggest that when you make a conscious effort to write something informative it be so.
I just joined and I think I will unjoin. I don't want to read through your silly spiritual diaries and know your neurotic conclusions. I thought this was a conscious group that surrendered to the feet of the guru and then would quote their teachings or a similarity thereof.
One guy calls himself Angel76 and it looks like he has a cigarette dangling from his mouth and he's expounding on skepticism.
You do know that planet earh is a mental hospital run by the patients.
Now Wayne Dyer has a wonderful guru..His name is Dattatreya Siva Baba. Google him and watch his videos on U Tube. Save a trip to India and go out and do something important like feeding someone starving...like me..I'm starving..I gotta go..I got the munchies!!

Ladyshamballa | Thu, 07/24/2008 - 09:02
john's picture

Inspect why you have problem with disagreements

What's the problem with disagreements? It is ok to disagree.

You seem to have a bit of anger about people who are not "official gurus" share their experiences and give advices. How do you know who is hiding behind a blog? Maybe it is an enlightened one? Maybe the "official enlightened guru" you happen to meet may be not enlightened? If you drop these external characterizations of "official gurus|", you will find here in the blogs and forums valuable material you can't imagine.

Finally, enlightened guru will not rescue you from conflicts and contradicting opinions, on the contrary, he will sometimes increase them. Usually and unfortunately you grow from friction. This is the chaos discussed in this post and the way to handle it, I think, as written here, is to surrender, to accept it instead of fighting it.

I think the debate here is constructive and enlightening! I like it.

Instead of wasting your attention on external things like a cigarettes in someone's mouth in a pic (BTW, Nisargadatta Maharaj smoked bhidi cigarettes constantly and he is the wisest guru I have ever encountered), try to concentrate on the words, you will find angel76 for example to be very profound, if you put your rage aside and read openly.

Love :-)

john | Thu, 07/24/2008 - 10:28
Ladyshamballa's picture

JUST AS I THOUGHT..SOME MORE BABBLING

I MUST OF TRIGGERED YOUR PAIN BODY AND YOU DEFINITELY ARE A SMOKER..YEA YEA I'VE BEEN TO INDIA AND SEEN THE YOGIS SMOKING CAMEL DUNG..AND BHIDI CIGARETTES.SO WHAT!
HERES SOMETHING YOU COULD OF WRITTEN INSTEAD OF TRYING TO MAKE MY OPINIONS WRONG.
BHIDI CIGARRETES FROM INDIA POSE A THREAT TO TEENAGERS AS WELL AS UNSUSPECTING ADULTS. CONTRARY TO THEIR NATURAL LEAF WRAPPED LOOKS THEY ACTUALLY CONTAIN 5X'S THE TAR AND 3X'S THE NICOTINE OF CONVENTIONAL CIGARETTES. THEY RESEMBLE MARIJUAA JOINTS..COME IN A DOZEN FRUIT FLAVORS AND ARE ONLY $2.00 A PACK. THE KIDS ARE LOVIN EM!!
HERE'S SOME MORE FACTS YOU CAN PUT IN YOUR PIPE OR BONG AND SMOKE...CIGARETTE SMOKE IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH AS IS CARBON MONOXIDE..MAYBE YOU AND ANGEL FACE CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS AND WRAP YOUR LIPS AROUND YOUR CARS EXHAUST PIPE..OR ROLL YOUR WINDOWS DOWN IN BUMPER TO BUMPER LA TRAFFIC.
HERE'S SOME FACTS FOR YOU AND ANGEL FACE...EVERY 45 SECONDS SOMEONE HAS A HEART ATTACK....EVERY 25 SECONDS SOMEONE DIES OF A HEART ATTACK..MORE THAN IN ANY WAR! ONE OUT OF TWO PEOPLE WILL DIE OF SOME FORM OF CANCER...DON'T YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR BROTHER MR. ANGEL FACE?? AND BY THE WAY MR. ANGEL FACE DOES NOT LOOK VERY PEACEFUL AND HAPPY OR HEALTHY..THE CORNERS OF HIS MOUTH ARE GOING DOWN AND WHY HE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO POST A PICTURE OF HIMSELF WITH A CIGARETTE HANGING OUT OF HIS MOUTH ON A SPIRITUAL SITE IS LUDICROUS..AS IN..NOBODY HOME!!IF YOU THINK HE IS PROFOUND YOU MUST WATCH "THE SIMPSONS" AND DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO WASTE MY ATTENTION ON
NOW GO DRINK YOUR BEER AND PUT A MUSSLE ON IT.
ALSO WHEN YOU MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO USE BIG WORDS, MAKE THE ATTEMPT TO SPELL THEM CORRECTLY..AS IN CHARACTERIZATIONS.
ALSO I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE SHARING I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH EGOS TRYING TO TEACH AND GIVE BOGUS ADVICE AND ARGUING..YOU DIDN'T TELL BE ONE INTERESTING THING!!

Ladyshamballa | Thu, 07/24/2008 - 22:37
Ladyshamballa's picture

OH CLIMB OFF YOUR HIGH

OH CLIMB OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE! YOU CAN'T EVEN SPELL MUZZLE CORRECTLY!!
JUST TO KEEP THE RECORD STRAIGHT...GURUS..YOGIS, AVATARS..MASTERS..COMPLETELY ENLIGHTENED BEINGS CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT..THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO BE HERE. THEY CAME FOR A PURPOSE TO UPLIFT HUMANITY. IT IS NOT THEIR KARMA THAT KEEPS THEM COMING BACK OVER AND OVER..LIKE US. YOUR ONLY PURPOSE TO BE HERE IS TO BECOME GOD-REALIZED AND YOUR LIFE IS VERY SACRED AND SHOULD BE GOVERNED ACCORDINGLY..TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE A WASTE. YOUR ALL GETTING HUNG UP ON WORDS AND INTELLECTUALIZING AND CONTEMPLATING AND CONJECTURING AND THE MEANING OF SILENCE AND NON SILENCE AND ALL THIS MUMBO JUMBO..YOUR JUST USING YOUR MIND AND YOUR MIND IS CLEVER AND CUNNING, BUT YOUR MIND CAN'T LOVE.
LOVING ONE ANOTHER UNCONDITIONALLY..IS ENLIGHTENMENT

Ladyshamballa | Fri, 07/25/2008 - 03:27
divine intervention's picture

How do you know that?

THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO BE HERE. THEY CAME FOR A PURPOSE TO UPLIFT HUMANITY. IT IS NOT THEIR KARMA THAT KEEPS THEM COMING BACK OVER AND OVER..LIKE US.

Dear,

How do you know that?

:-)

divine intervention | Fri, 07/25/2008 - 05:57
john's picture

You are so funny and cute

You are so funny and cute when you are swamped in ignorant rage. It's pity because you don't use the opportunity to develop and prefer to et caught in your emotions instead of focusing your energy on watching them but it is cute and funny :-)

No dear, sorry to dissapoint you but I'm not a smoker but still I do not judge others by their external conditioned behavior.

Smoking is indeed hazardous but so is life, they say it also causes you do die at the end. When you accept your mortality, you tend to care a bit less about these things . oops sorry I slipped back to what you call "big words" or "profound words" :-)

Simpsons is very profound, btw! a genius subtext.

Lastly, who is it that sees an ego in the other person? right: your ego! :-) It's you mind way to make sure you ignore valuable advises that japordize its manopoly over you (oop, "big words" again :-). I didn't write it from an ego perspective, I swear! It was meant for you, pity you ignore it.

Kisses! ;-)

P.S. Why do you write in CAPS letters, it is like shouting... Let's make a deal - I will turn on the speller and you will turn off the CAPS ON :-)

john | Fri, 07/25/2008 - 06:11
mayasurfer's picture

it's raining

raindrops knocking against my window... I'm making myself a lovely porridge with raisins on top for breakfast. And a cup of coffee... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. All me, me meing... ....hahahahahah. So simple.

mayasurfer | Mon, 11/17/2008 - 07:01
zoya's picture

sounds lovely

mmm sounds delicious and lovely... These simple things of life you mentioned gave me some vibration of tranquility, I don't understand why...

zoya | Mon, 03/23/2009 - 20:52
mystic_saurabh's picture

A thorn helps to take out another thorn!

Jai Shri Guru!

Yes, a spiritual Guru is needed for such teachings! However, discussion of spiritual matters to help each other is not wrong. There is nothing wrong in disagreeing as well I guess!

"Don't judge the whole for the faults of many" - Mahavataar Babaji

If that guy has a cigarette in his mouth and had an id of "Angel76" how does it create an obstacle in your spiritual growth?? LOL

Why only should we follow your Guru? and no other Guru? LOL

Ain't you puffed up with Ego yourself to call others trying to do atleast something to evolve spiritually as "idiosyncratic, silly, neurotic"?????

If you can't be kind to others, how spiritually evolved and enlightened are you yourself?????????

May God bless you,
Saurabh

mystic_saurabh | Mon, 03/23/2009 - 14:09
zoya's picture

hot stuff

This is a fascinating blog post. I haven't noticed it before though it is already more than 1 year old.

It is the kind of stuff you read twice. thanks.

zoya | Mon, 03/23/2009 - 21:02