Article written by Pari about how to live a spiritual life in daily life


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PARI „ Spirituality and everyday life or Nirvana is Samsara“

A lot of people are very busy with the question, how to integrate their spiritual experiences into their normal everyday life with all its obligations and duties. They are looking and longing for a solution. Here they see a big controversy, two worlds, which cannot get together- it seems.

First of all this very well known old problem results from the ancient religious concept:  here the divine, there the secular world. Here men on earth, there god in heaven. This is our faith or believe (mostly the right one…), there the opinions of the others ( mostly the wrong ones). This looks like a very naive and simple opinion, but it has been very often the reason for wars and a lot of pain on this world. So the spiritual seeker tries to exchange this so called normal, low level of life for a transcendent reality, which is based on his concept of “the two worlds”, of the separation of the secular from the divine. Sooner or later he meets a spiritual teacher, who will give him the right instructions for his goal. This kind of religious pattern can be observed allover in all religious parties, families or groups. 

When I met Papaji in 1991 in Lucknow after a long way of seeking, I hoped of course to be brought immediately by his help and spiritual strength to this “other” world, this transcendental experience. There was so much longing for this so called “other” world, the divine, that it took him a lot of work before he could drink just a cup of tea together with this impatient disciple. He would interrupt my questions and my requests for absolute truth with questions like: “Do you know that the Greeks had a really great basketball team this year? I tell you, with this team they will become champions of the world!”  It must be a similar feeling, when a computer crashes: a gap!. Here I am with the object/subject of my hopes and all he does, this immense embodiment of Nirvana, is to draw my attention to those samsaric Greeks and their strong basketball team.

After some more of these gaps and many cups of tea later this idea about the separation came to an end and changed. Often I heard Papaji say: “Nirvana is Samsara” and “Samsara is Nirvana”. If we make the slightest separation between the spiritual-mental-divine and the secular-normal life, we are again in the big drama of our separation from life itself, from our happiness, from god. For the awakened enjoyer Nirvana and Samsara exist in an eternal embrace, and there is no reason for any separation. Great respect and love for all aspects of Life arise from this experience and understanding. Finally who is it,  who makes this separation?  Our concept of our independent, separated Ego. With our free will we decide, define, hope and find…But without this idea of a separation you will find the world and god in a profound eternal embrace.

I remember once in our centre on the greek island Corfu I brought two guests to their rooms and checked them in. They had very heavy luggage and I helped carrying the luggage into the room. When I said goodbye, the gentleman wanted to give me some tip. I told him, that we don`t expect any tip in our center, but he insisted, so I took his tip. Two days later there was "Satsang with Pari"on the program. During this Satsang I recognized the faces of the two new guests. They looked at me with very surprised faces, so after the satsang they talked to me: “ Excuse me, we didn`t know, that you were….we thought…”   I answered: “ Why do you excuse yourselves? Because I carried your luggage? Okay, it was a little bit heavy, but with your tip I bought myself yesterday an ice cream.”

This seems to be one of our most preferred mind-occupations, to make or create separation: separations, where there are none, where no differences exist. Divine love has never something “ polarizing ” and integrates always all aspects of Life. Therefore a Buddha is at the same time “ the most secular ” and the most “ transcendental ” being, that exists. In deep respect and love for all appearances of life; and nobody is there who is acting as the doer. This could be called the “ Buddha-Paradoxon ”.

In our concerts Satyaa and me, we are using our voices and instruments to translate this all embracing love into musical vibrations. All songs and Mantras are a hymn for this so-called “ One ”, which contents “ All ” in itself in a loving way: here and there, heaven and earth, human and divine love. In a world- no matter whether New Age or Old Age – which is based on the concept of separation, it is important for our surviving to listen to this soft and quiet voice of unity, of the One. When we are singing, or even when we are just listening to music we transcend our monotonous mind and we can feel how our heart begins to breath. Papaji in his Satsangs in Lucknow has always pointed out the immense power of surrender, which is to be found in all mantras and  bhajans. One drop of surrender, he told us, is better than tons of spiritual experiences. The mind cannot appreciate peace, because he- the mind – needs “ the other side ” for functioning: he needs this “ on the one hand – on the other hand ”, Peace – restlessness, freedom – chains or bonds. In our concerts we make silence hearable and we  let it chant, while in the Satsang the ongoing mantra–concert within our hearts is becoming obvious.   “ Sab ek! ” – All is one – they say in India. And whatever you experience, feel or do, be sure, that all is all right, lean back and drink a cup of some good tea, because no matter what happens, it is only the One, in this or that disguise.