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December 2016
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Posted on: Dec 16, 2016

Shall I?

- A conversation that never happened.

Oh man! The rules and regulations in this place... it is choking me!
So many rules to follow! And there is a rule for everything - physical appearance to even eating!
Come on, can I not have my freedom?

Why not? You can have your freedom, but have you defined it?

I don't care! But I do not want anyone nosing on me - I want to live according to my wish.

Sure. You can. But first enquire if living as you wish brings you freedom?

Well, what else? Yes, that is my absolute freedom. I experience it each time I go for vacation!

You are right. Your experience of happiness during vacation is correct but the reasoning that non-enforcement of rules leads to it need not be right.

Really? What is the reason then?

Feeling enforced. Once feeling enforced disappears, freedom appears. Home also has certain rules. But there is no feeling enforced.

Interesting... then why do I feel enforced here?

Rather ask, why do you not feel enforced at home?

Ok, why not at home?

Because when you are at home, you are at home. Where there is love, there is peace. Where there is peace, there is no force.

Ok, now I get it. It means there is no love here!

You are right. But if you are open enough I can show you another possibility.

Yes, I am listening.

It is also possible that there is love here, but you cannot see love here.

Yes, I do not see it at all.

Yes again you are right. Love can be seen only with love.

What! Are you saying that I am not loving?

You are concluding fast. If you are open enough I can show you another possibility.

Sure. I am listening.

You are indeed loving, but you have decided to not show it here. Because you have concluded that there is no love here.

It’s confusing. What do I do now?

Love. See with love. You will only see love.

You mean discipline is love?

Absolutely. You are beginning to see.

How could it be? I am not liking it at all.

When you love you will stop asking whether you like it or not.

You mean I follow all those rules out of love?

Perfect. Where there is love, there is peace. Where there is peace, there is no force. No feeling enforced - that is your freedom.

But why? Why should I do all that?

In love, there is no reason. Would you mind standing upside down for two days for your mother?

Well, that is a very odd question. But I will not mind anything for my mother.

Brilliant. You see - you do not see any logic in love. You do not seek a reason.

You mean I can love to follow all rules without even knowing why?

Right. Asking why and following is one thing. But love is blind. It knows no reason. Neither does it seek.

I see it. There is a point. But what will following all those rules give me?

There you go again. Love never seeks a reason.

Ok. Let me give it a shot.

You are wonderful. And when you truly follow His words out of your Love for Him, you will see why He put all those rules in place.

I shall. Because I love my Master with all my heart.

- A faculty member from the Muddenahalli campus of SSSIHL
Radio Sai Team

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