Many things are strange… Swamiji says mostly because we do not respect our own experiences (anubhava).
– We know we get more pleasure when we give something to one who needs it, yet we think we get greater pleasure in getting something.
– We know that our (this) body/mind/intellect has many faults and flaws, yet we spend so much time and energy seeing the faults and critically examining other’s faults. We are very forgiving of the faults of our body/mind/intellect, but not so forgiving of other’s faults.
– We know that death of this body is inevitable, we look at our wedding photographs and see how many bodies have departed, yet majority spend our entire lives after it – making it beautiful, adorning it, providing all the luxuries for it, hoarding money for it’s future security, trying to do everything possible to keep it young, and not accept it’s deterioration and end.
– We have all experienced the law of diminishing return, that every worldly object loses it’s charm over time, and yet we continue to seek newer objects, things, people with the hope that this time it will be different, this time it will be permanent and everlasting !
– We all know this gas tank will run out some day… we do not know how much gas is still remaining in it, yet behave as if this invaluable remaining time in this human body will never come to an end. We spend it frivolously in useless, petty things – fights, arguments, ill-will, grabbing from others, cheating others etc. Name of Bhagwaan, His Form, His past-times, His compassion, His mercy, His service… all of these rarely stay in the forefront.
– We have all experienced that the most immemorable, most extraordinary time in our life was when we experienced union with the Higher Cosnciousness, our Bhagwaan, our Beloved One, yet we still seek something extraordinary from the world.
Truely if we examine … it is all extremely strange !!!!