The Simplicity of the Little Child

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Studies of Spiritual or Religious beliefs, doctrines and practices can become very complicated.

But the "Masters" have taught very simple truths, very simple practices. Ramana Maharshi asks us to inquire "Who am I?". Nisargaddata Maharaj tells us to stay in the "I AM". Jesus, the Christ, said "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Becoming as little children is the humbling experience that allows Love, the reality of what we are, to flow. There is nothing complicated about it.

Once we have resolved the fact of our "I AMNESS", and can abide in it, it is a simple step to Awareness. Perhaps it will take much study of complicated beliefs, doctrines and practices for us to realize that our minds can not reach the "Truth". Because we do not listen to the "Masters", we feel we need to "reinvent the wheel", and fill our minds with spiritual dross. But those who trust like little children, will listen and follow the simple teachings. Some need to "exhaust the mind" to come to the realization that the mind cannot grasp, or even approach Awareness, while the simple child like ones come upon Awareness naturally.

Many "Masters" from all spiritualities have spoken of simplicity: Lao Tzu said “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”. The medieval Monk and author of "The Imitation of Christ" Thomas a Kempis wrote: “Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” The Indian Sage of the Late 19th and early 20th centurys, Papa Ramadas says "Simplicity is the nature of great souls". It is not hard to see and understand that simplicity is the road to Truth.

We are no less than God's Love. The creative flow of Love is all that there is. God, the "I AM" and the world all vanish in that simple flowing Love.

I am telling you, become like a little child, forget all your "wisdom" and concentrate on this passage from Dattatreya's Avadhuta Gita: 2 "How shall I salute the formless being, indivisible, auspicious, and immutable, who fills all this with His Self and also fills the self with His Self?"

Dwell on this question. It is beyond the mind. Your Heart will answer.