Relaxation - III - Importance of events in eternal time

By Rishi Dharmachandra (Gandhar Mandlik ) - Rishi Dharmachandra is a course coordinator at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, he is teaching and practicing yoga for the last 12 years. He was initiated in to Rishi Sannayasa by his Guru Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.

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Relaxation - III - Importance of events in eternal time

Swami Niranjanananda once talked about the time graph. If we plot the graph for eternal time it will be infinitely long and then how much is 100 years in that infinite time? It will just be a very small spike. In those 100 years how much is one year? And how much is one moment? It is nothing. So in continuously changing infinite time how much importance should we give to small, negative or stressful events and situations?

Relating every stressful or negative event in relation to life as a whole will help in understanding and controlling the reaction. Someone once said to me ?You are an idiot? and I became very angry. Afterwards I started thinking, is that remark a reality or opinion of everyone in the world, and should I believe that one person. Why should I think that he is right and then get stressed? Instead I thought that the comment is not important and that I do not agree with the person. That it is his opinion, based on his experience, so there is no reason why I should get angry or feel sad. Also, if this remark is true, can I act differently in the future so that people won?t call me an idiot again? The importance of that statement to my overall life is insignificant so I can just ignore it without any reactions.

Such events happen every day in our life and we react strongly to even small and unimportant events. If I lose money I feel terrible. If I think that this money was a very small part of my life then the importance that is given to this event will also be less. Consequently the stress that I get may be not there. If you fight with your partner and you feel bad and sad you should ask this same question. Is this little issue so important in the relationship and is the situation worth disturbing our peace of mind and relaxed state?

There is a beautiful story. One guy is visiting his friend who stays in a remote village. On that day there is a death in that village. The friend asks this guy to accompany him to the cemetery. When they go there this guy is surprised to see the time duration mentioned on the tombstones. Some say 21 days; some say 10 days and so on. The guy asks his friend why so many people lived such short lives in his village? The friend replies that it is not the life duration but it is the time they spent happily in their life though they lived for more than 60 or 70 years.

Sometimes we react to a situation impulsively and later on feel that the reaction was unnecessary. This comes with the understanding of the importance of that event. This little understanding helps us maintain the relaxed and peaceful state of mind more easily. Evaluation of the importance of that situation is a skill which can be developed easily with the practices of Yoga.

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