505 – Who is perfect?

We are all perfect and with perfection comes imperfection. I know this is like a riddle my dear ones. Pause and think.

Is anyone of us an ideal person?
Are we faultless?
Are we outstanding all the time?
Are we always impeccable in our behavior?
Are we adept at everything we do?
And the list goes on…

When we are born, we are perfect. No parent will think that their child is imperfect. What makes this happen? It is the unconditional love that is brimming in our eyes, when we look at the new borne infant. It is our perception of ourselves. We all have faults and flaws. We learn to accept them and not allow them to overtake our thoughts and control us.

The imperfection of Shiva and Parvati

Yesterday I wrote about the ideal couple, Shiva and Parvati. When you will read the article, you will observe that their behavior was always not perfect. For instance, when Shiva and Parvati were playing cards, Shiva cheated with the help of Vishnu. Here we see them as a playful couple and also the lesson is it is Maya, an illusion. Shiva’s ego did come in. Another example is about the creation of Ganesha. Shiva was very angry when Ganesha said that he was standing outside, while his mother Parvati was bathing. Shiva cut off his head. The actual reason was that Parvati had created a beautiful child and Shiva felt that such a child would not be able to handle the obstacles of others in the universe. Shiva selected the head of an elephant and Ganesha granted with the blessings of all the other Gods became a super god.

What is perfection? If you define perfection, then it is not perfection anymore because perfection cannot be defined. Who is perfect in the world? Can a master be perfect? As long as we are in this body, we are slaves to conditioning of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. These conditionings will not allow us to become perfect. So, yoga is not about perfection either. What is Yoga about? Yoga is about becoming aware. Yoga is about managing the negative aspects of our character and developing the positive qualities which uplift our nature, and that with uplifting others as well. When we are expressing these qualities then other people are uplifted, and that is yoga. – Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

My dear ones, practice self-awareness. Uplift yourself. You will find that your relationships will become unconditional and tolerant. You will enjoy your life and will progress on the spiritual path.

Aim Hrim Klim

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