“I never use the word ‘renunciation’ at all. I say: Rejoice in life, in love, in meditation, in the beauties of the world, in the ecstasy of existence—rejoice in everything! Transform the mundane into the sacred. Transform this shore into the other shore, transform the earth into paradise.
And then indirectly a certain renunciation starts happening. But that happens, you don’t do it. It is not a doing, it is a happening. You start renouncing your foolishness; you start renouncing rubbish. You start renouncing meaningless relationships. You start renouncing jobs that were not fulfilling to your being. You start renouncing places where growth was not possible. But I don’t call it renunciation, I call it understanding, awareness.
If you are carrying stones in your hand thinking that they are diamonds, I will not tell you to renounce those stones. I will simply say, ‘Be alert and have another look!’ If you yourself see that they are not diamonds, is there any need to renounce them? They will fall from your hands of their own accord. In fact, if you still want to carry them, you will have to make a great effort, you will have to bring great will, to still carry them. But you cannot carry them for long; once you have seen that they are useless, meaningless, you are bound to throw them away.
And once your hands are empty, you can search for the real treasures. And the real treasures are not in the future. The real treasures are right now, here.”
Ase! Ase! Ase!
Keisha Monique Simpson
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