We stood on the shore of a quiet lake, conifer trees lined the hills surrounding the water, like a living bowl. Quiet reigned. Even though crows and jays croaked and shrilled.
“Why do not the cries of crows and the jays, which are far from the beautiful sounds of the songbirds, do not disturb the silence around?” I asked.
“Because nature is the desire of God. The desire within your heart is no different.
“Your faults and human weaknesses are no more than crows and jays. They are not You; they are not the desire.
“Focus on the desire and on the Self from which the desire appears to arise, and listen, with humor, to the squawks and shrills.”
“Why do you say, appears to arise?” I asked.
“Because there exists nothing outside the Self. The Self encompasses all. Because we are speaking and using cumbersome words that differentiate, we speak of desire and Self as two. But there is no two. Always remember That.”
“Now look at that heron over there wading amongst the water plants. What do you observe?”
“It moves silently and slowly with extreme concentration. It is vigilant of both what it seeks and the dangers around,” I said.
The heron stopped and became as still as the trees around. For a long while we watched. Then in a flash and a splash a fish flopped a moment in the bird’s beak, before disappearing down the heron’s throat.
“What else?” asked Yama.
“Extreme patience. Stillness. Swiftness and certainty. Firm hold. Swallowing. Calmness. Then back to stillness.”
“You have described desire born of the Heart and how to manifest it.
|Will O Wisp, Janaka Stagnaro|
“Out of silence the desire arises. When it arises there is a calmness and patience in waiting for its fulfillment.
“To fulfill it concentration is needed, one-pointed focus; while at the same time vigilance of any fears and doubts, arrogance and greed, and especially impatience.
“Remembering all the while the silence and to be still as a stone within, not to become excited at the prospect of fulfillment, nor anxious of its possible failure.
“And when the opportunity arises for the desire’s realization, act and act swiftly, holding on firmly.
“And when it is accomplished enjoy it and let it pass. And wait in the silence for another desire to arise out of the silence.”
--excerpt from The Teachings of Yama: A Conversation with Death