How many have experienced the following: you enter a bar and suddenly you can feel people’s eyes gazing over you. Many, most likely -although you probably will never know that some sort of judgement comes with it – or at least you think so. You wonder what they are looking at. Not surprisingly, we might find ourselves doing the same thing to the next person entering the bar just few minutes later. Why do we do this? Out of boredom? Jealousy? Because they’ve done it to us before?
We humans are gregarious animals. We like to feel we belong to a group. Also, we tend to ‘mimic’ others’ behaviours (maybe because we want to feel we are similar to the people around us). In any case, we tend to ‘mimic’ all bad habits as well as the good ones. There’s probably many explanations to why we do ‘judge’ people we don’t know. But whatever the actual reasons are, most of us would commonly agree that this is a ‘bad habit’. Even if we enjoy it.
At Gokula House -even if you find enjoyment sitting in a bar and judging people, you will cultivate other habits, the ‘good’ ones. Here, the sort of judgements we are talking about are left out. You can be dancing ostentatiously, chanting loudly or playing an instrument poorly and you will feel at home, unworried of feeling ashamed or laughed at. It can be a strange feeling at first, even asking yourself if anyone will mind you singing so bad. After some time, you will realise that no one is keeping an eye on you. You will feel more comfortable and brave to sing louder. I can assure you that, by the end of the session, you can come out thinking your singing skills have even improved.
‘Meditation helps you see everyone as brothers, as family,’ says Jeeva. And I guess this is the key element. If we are able to abstract people from the clothes they wear, the language they speak and the appearance they have, what is left then? The same preoccupations, dreams and aspirations as ours.
Chanting meditation provides a great atmosphere to let the bad out. And the inevitable outcome of that process is that the inner good arises. It’s not important to know the why or the how, the key is that you can experience it. And what better proof is there other than experience?
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