“When you feel the suffering of every living thing within your own heart… that is true consciousness.”
~ Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a 700 verse excerpt from the Mahabharata – one of two of the major Sanskrit texts from ancient India – and details the insightful discussion between Prince Arjuna and the manifestation of cosmic consciousness as Krishna, whilst Arjuna was having great difficulty accepting the duty in front of him and confusion regarding the morality of his responsibility. A great read for any spiritual aspirant.
What I find so moving about this quote is it’s ability to remind us that we and every living thing are one – when we remember this, we can connect in a way that does allow us to experience that suffering of another living entity.
It began happening to me seemingly at random and not through my own conscious effort or will – rather, a state of relaxation or mindfulness would lead me to have the experience. It was shocking at first – unpleasant, overwhelming, and difficult to deal with. But I was aware that what was happening was my own conscious connection to everything around me deepening, becoming finer and more clear. And being mindful of this – and allowing myself to continue peacefully experiencing such moments – led to further conscious understanding and evolution.
Let us maintain a growing openness to the vibrant and endless web of life that surrounds us, for through understanding the experience of the myriad of manifestations that exist, we come to know more clearly our own True Face.
Have a very happy Monday, xo