The Best Kept Secret in the World

Posted on April 27, 2010

How does it start? Some day you have an experience and your world shifts. Suddenly – or gradually – you come to realize that Spirit is true, that there is a dimension of grace you can enter. At that moment God steps out of a book and becomes a real presence for you (even though you may not relate to a God, which is fine.)

The result is: You have entered spiritual life.

This experience can be a moment of deep inner peace, of being fully alive in the here and now; it may be an experience of emotional harmony or a great opening of the Heart. These are the kinds of decisive experiences after which your life may never be quite the same.

Then we go on a journey. We lose the experience and want it again. A yearning has been awakened. What can we do?

We learn about spiritual practice. We sit still for hours, turn our bodies into pretzels, make pilgrimages to teachers or shrines and especially read lots of books. It is all good.

And where do we end up when we finally arrive where we are going?

We end up once more in deep inner peace, being fully alive in the here and now; we feel again that emotional harmony or that great opening of the Heart.

We return to where we began, in grace, in the breath-taking presence of Being or God. Inside ourselves. In the core.

We end up where it all began – wiser, much more solid, our mind peaceful, our Heart vibrant, big and alive.

The journey is a cycle from you to you, from now to now. You get lost in the middle, even while trying to find yourself. You want to shorten the time it takes to get back to what you are seeking. You are confusing yourself by your seeking.

There are 10,000 things to do while trying to get back to that place of pure grace. Most go in circles. Which are the few that take you straight back to yourself? Which ones dissolve the internal tensions that keep you in internal exile from grace? Which ones can nurture you so deeply you get the stamina to face your own demons – and not in 10 life times, but now?

This journey is not a walk in the park, you may have noticed. It is the greatest adventure bar none open to human beings.

On this road you will have to face any terror your mind can dream up and overcome every habitual pain and confusion.

And the payoff is eternal life. No cheap goal by anyone’s standards.

So again the question: what can take you there? What can give you the access to the pure essence of this highest goal?

Perhaps not surprisingly it is the pursuit of the experiences that began it all. The experiences you will be established in when you have arrived, when you have crossed the ocean of confusion and pain to the other shore of divine bliss.

The essential practices are to step directly into the Promised Land. To stop the 10,000 distractions – and yes, even those that are labeled ‘spiritual practice’ – and enter the Heart, which in its unlimited richness is always waiting for you to come home.

Always waiting. Still waiting. YOU are in there, still waiting.

And I know, so many will read these words and not understand. So let me say it again:

Your Heart is available to you this moment. It is as far from you as the Now. It is the central core of space, as the Now is the core of time. The core contains everything. Why not return to that core in you now?

Oh no, so many say, “I have to continue my sadhana, my spiritual practice” and they wind their legs around their ears and sit their bottoms flat and read the 20th book that tells them the same thing they cannot hear: It’s inside you now!

So go there! But you can’t. Your thoughts and emotions get in the way. You follow them rather than your hidden instinct that says “Stop it all. Stop. Listen to what he is saying. Let it come in. Maybe there is something to this…”

There are 3 skills you need: Clear the mind quickly and effectively. Bring your confused emotions to harmony. And drink from your Heart the Essence of love that you are secretly aching to feel.

It is the best kept secret in the world. It is secret because we keep it secret from ourselves. We have become lost in a trance state. Somehow we can say the words and believe them; “It’s all inside.” And still we don’t look. Still we don’t become still enough to feel the ravishing Heart Essence. Still we are lost.

I sit with people and I see myself in them, the way I was: tense, the body shifting, the mind not at rest. There is no space for peace to get in. There is no rest in pure love.

Not yet.

But if you want it, stop. Stop now. Make a huge foolish decision to love yourself absolutely! It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.

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18 Responses to “The Best Kept Secret in the World”

  1. Herb Levin
    Apr 28, 2010

    Ram Giri, did you write this? If you did, I commend you, if not whoever wrote it.
    Incredibly well said.
    HT


  2. ramgiri
    Apr 28, 2010

    Yes, I write everything on this blog.
    Nice to meet you Herb
    Ram Giri


  3. chris
    Apr 28, 2010

    Ram Giri,
    i love what you said about the journey being a cycle. this has been my experience. things tend to go peaceful and happy, with a true sense of oneness, then a life situation occurs and appears to undo everything i have found. life becomes a time of spinning and confusion, of feeling lost.
    now, using the skills you offer, i am able to notice and dissolve any uncomfortable feelings and thoughts when they begin rather than fall into them. i get to go through the situations with an inner wisdom that i can put to practical use right now instead of staying stuck sinking in the confusion. it seems the more i pracice the skills the faster i get back to my peace, and i’m noticing the confusing times occur less and less.
    i thank you for this gift!


  4. Herb Levin
    Apr 28, 2010

    Ram Giri, it is Me, Hanuman Tirtha ! AKA Herb Levin


  5. Diana
    Apr 28, 2010

    Ram Giri, as usual it is as if you are inside my head, living my experience. It makes me smile that you are so familiar with the experience that I sometimes think is mine alone, namely all the seeking that ends up distracting me from what I am seeking!! . . . it also makes me laugh at myself & get back on track. :-)


  6. steve
    Apr 29, 2010

    Thankyou.


  7. Dan Tefft
    Apr 29, 2010

    Very nice Ram Giri,

    Thank you for sharing your love with the world.

    I AM Grateful.

    Namaste


  8. ramgiri
    Apr 30, 2010

    Gratitude always goes both ways…


  9. ramgiri
    Apr 30, 2010

    Welcome!


  10. ramgiri
    Apr 30, 2010

    I love your comment about seeking. We’re all not as different as we think!
    Isn’t it great to love in this pure way?!


  11. ramgiri
    Apr 30, 2010

    You’re welcome Chris. My gift is in the giving; your taking is my gift – and in the end it’s just God going around and around among us, making things more clear and more loving…


  12. Frances & Elias
    Apr 30, 2010

    This was needed words for us in this moment. Thank you for the wise words that remind us of the simple truth of connecting to the heart space.


  13. ramgiri
    May 02, 2010

    You are welcome Frances and Elias,
    Wish you the best, RG


  14. erika greenfield
    May 03, 2010

    Hi Ram Giri,

    I love this!


  15. ramgiri
    May 03, 2010

    And I love you, Erika.
    Keep shining your bright light into this world!


  16. Naren
    May 04, 2010

    hi Ram Giri,
    as I sit here by Pokhara lake, having just returned from the Kali temple as you suggested, I have deep gratitude for you and your wisdom,
    it’s a great day to be alive…
    Namaste,
    Naren :)


  17. ramgiri
    May 05, 2010

    Hi Naren -
    How wonderful! Please give my pranams to the Goddess who lives in all Hearts.
    Be safe and happy and whole!
    much love
    Ram Giri


  18. Sharon
    May 11, 2010

    Having just returned from experiencing the stillness of the vortex sites in Sedona, I appreciated your timely message that this same stillness experience is and always has been available to me where I am. Always fascinated when the right information comes to us just when it should. Thanks as always for your insight.



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