Inner richness alone creates wealth. And our experiences are a large part of that wealth. If anything, we are here to learn and experience.
If you say, “I fell in love Swamiji, what should I do?”
I would say, “Why do you want to fall in love? Why not rise in love?”
Experience what is. Experience an experience, unpolluted or untainted by the past, present or future.
What’s so difficult about this, you ask? Let’s look into that with a story.
A cab driver gets a tap on his shoulder. He gets a shock, turns around and says to his passenger in a rude tone, “Don’t touch me when I’m driving.”
The passenger is taken aback and responds, “I was just giving a tap on the shoulder to draw attention.”
The driver, realizing his mistake, gives an explanation, “Sorry, that was my issue. I’m a bit nervous because today is my first time driving a cab. For twenty years before this, I was driving a van.”
Now the passenger is even more confused.
“I used to carry dead bodies in the van,” explained the cabbie. “So when you tapped me on the shoulder…”
Did the cab driver experience the simple act of getting a tap on the shoulder? No. The present was polluted by the past experiencer.
Buddha says we simply cannot experience an experience, without the pollution of the past. We don’t just eat our breakfast and enjoy it. During breakfast we’re already polluting the experience with thoughts of what our boss did or said yesterday and projecting what he might do today. We pollute our experiences.
When we learn to experience each moment, as it is, we will have a tremendous opportunity for a more joyous existence. Take each moment as it comes, without the taint of the past.