From the moment of birth till this day if you and I have been most happy is when we got attention from others and appreciation for what we are! Good friends are the ones who give us their company, time, and in a very subtle way feed our instinctive urge for attention. For the survival of ego (individuality) attention is the food. Appreciate a child, give more attention and the child is very happy, withdraw it, she is unhappy. This continues to grow in proportion with the adding of years to life.
I am sure you agree that women spend so much in beauty parlors to day before joining a party and do anything to get the fashion updated for what? To steal attention from others to her!.
As long as this food is fed to ego it feels meaning in life, if it is withdrawn, life starts to loose its sheen!
But how many of us practice through our daily chores, mindfulness and deep awareness of the infinite beauty of the gifts that we already have with us? How many of us do things with ATTENTION and grow into the dimension of a dynamic person while being passive inside like the deep oceans? How many of us don’t crave for the tinsel attention of others (which they can withdraw any moment and make us suffer) and allow the same attention in every thought and actions only to become free from the bondage of living through the EYES OF OTHERS?
Too many questions? But these are foundational to your visit to this planet as a guest for a while, when you grow old, none but you will ask yourself what have I achieved in the domain of the Life Within, where all the secrets of Bliss is hidden!
Love and peace, happiness and harmony be with YOU.
"the domain of the Life Within, where all the secrets of Bliss is hidden!" This is the most valuable attention we can give to ourselves. In looking within we feed ourselves the attention we need to grow as a fully or even partly realized human being. Forget the beauty parlors, true beauty resides within. Surely there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a nice clean appearance but not to seek attention. When ones looks fades if all we worked upon & tried desperately to retain is our looks, then what are we really left with.
Good post Baba thank you for sharing.