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January 3, 2012
Waiting, Watching and Living The Questions


One of the most beautiful aspects of human nature is our ability to wait for something. We are always waiting for something or other. Waiting, however, is not to be seen as a distasteful activity; you must know how to wait.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

When we do not know how to live in the present and are always waiting, it is a reflection of our lazy nature. The lazier you are, the more unconscious of yourself you are, the more you live on the surface, in the outward appearance and with your surface nature, and you tend to simply wait. This is inertia. In this inertia we always wait for something to change hoping that somebody will come and give us what we desire.

Human nature is like that. If you observe yourself, you will see that life is always knocking on your door, every day, every minute. It is telling you to change. But you have no courage to change; you are waiting for change to happen. You just won't be the change you want. We all want peace, harmony and happiness. But how many actually work towards achieving these?

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Nature is often at the receiving end - human activity gives rise to exploitation of resources and pollution, for instance. Nature wants you to change, but you don't. You are waiting (for what?) and when things get out of hand, disasters might take place. Call them natural or human made; the fact is that the environment has its threshold and one day, we are faced with a challenging situation. Sometimes it takes us by complete surprise; it comes as a shock. Catastrophes happen and we are not entirely prepared to face the consequences.

However, sometimes we learn from these catastrophes and even take steps to bring about change - in ourselves and the environment. The day you understand that you have to cooperate, collaborate, exercise patience and feel connected, that day becomes the beginning of a new way of life.

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”
~ Ralph Marston

If you do not have patience and do not co-operate but cry and complain, nothing much will happen except that you will allow nature to use a bigger and more powerful hammer to knock you awake.

Waiting is good but if you know how to wait. The Mother of Aurobindo Ashram said that when you know how to wait you put time by your side; time comes with you.

“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they”
Leonardo da Vinci

Learn how to wait with patience and in silence. Generally, when we wait we do so full of nervous energy and tension, we are out of balance. When we are waiting we have no patience in that waiting. The difference between waiting for change and waiting with patience is that in the latter you have done what is expected of you. You have done your duty. Then one can wait with patience and put time by one's side. That can give you better and faster possibilities in life. That way time becomes your partner and helps you to reach the desired result. If you have a wish, you should also have patience. Every seed wants to grow, but it is only with patience that it becomes a big tree.

Normally however, we are waiting for change which means waiting for someone to bring in that change; for somebody else to come and clean up the mess; for someone else to take the initiative to take positive steps. This is an endless wait.


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