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ततः परं ब्रह्मपरं बृहन्तं यथानिकायं सर्वभूतेषु गूढम्। विश्वस्य एक परिवेष्टितारमीशं तं ज्ञात्वा अमृता भवन्ति ॥ 7 ॥            You are the Supreme Brahman, infinite, yet hidden in the hearts of all creatures. You pervade everything. They, who know You, are free from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. (Svetasvatara 3 : 7)            परमात्मा सब प्रकार से सब काल में मुक्त और शुद्ध है। वह अपरिमित और अनन्त होते हुए भी सभी प्राणियों के हृदय में छिपा हुआ है। परमात्मा को जानने वाले व्यक्ति ही जन्म-मरण के चक्र से मुक्त हो जाते हैं।

ज़्येठॖ (ज्येष्ठ) ज़ूनॖ पछॖ (शुक्ल पक्ष) च़ोरम (चतुर्थी) बॊम्वार (मंगलवार),श्री सप्तर्षि सम्वत 5096, Today isJyesth Maas Shukla Paksh Chaturthiyaam Mangalvaasra sanayitaam. Kashmiri Pandit Nirvasan Samvat_31 Sapthrishi Samvat _5096
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REMOVE YOUR MASK

 

Behind every personality, behind every mask, is a character that is your God-given uniqueness, says

                        Barry Long

A long, long   time ago, when human beings were not so fixed in their phys­ical bodies as they are   today,   there lived a man who made for himself a marvelous mask that could pull many faces. The man used to put on the mask and entertain himself by accosting people and watching their reactions.

Sometimes the mask would be laughing, some­times crying, sometimes grimacing and scowling. His victims were always shocked at the sight of such an extraordinary, unnatural, unfamiliar face - even when it was smiling. Whether they laughed or cried made no difference to him. All he wanted was the excitement of their reac­tions. He knew he was him­self behind the mask. He knew he was the joker and that the joke was on them.

At first, he'd pop out with the mask on a couple of times a day. Then, as he got used to the excitement and wanted more, he began wearing the mask the whole day. Finally, he saw no need to take it off at all and slept in it.

For years, the man wan­dered through the land en­joying himself behind the mask. Then one day he

awoke, feeling a feeling he'd never felt before — he felt lonely, cut-off, some­thing missing. Jumping up in alarm he stepped out in front of a beautiful woman and immediately, he fell in love with her.

But the woman screamed and ran away, shocked by the frighten­ing, unfamiliar face. "Stop," he cried, "It's not me!" wrenching at the mask to tear it off. But it was him. The mask would­n't come off. It was stuck to his flesh. It had become his face. The man, through his fabulous mask, was

the first person to enter this unhappy world.

Time went by. No matter how hard he tried to tell everyone what a disaster he'd brought on himself, no one would believe him. No one was interested in listening anyway, because they'd all copied him. They'd all put on masks of their own — to get the new excitement of playing at being what they were not. Like him, they'd all become the mask.

How the man eventually put a stop to the masquer­ade and returned to his joy­ous being, is the finale of the story.  However, only when you, the readers, are free of unhappiness will the story truly come to an end. For you are the one in the mask. It's your personality. Look in the bathroom mir­ror — that's it. Watch the face you pull. Sometimes approving; often disapprov­ing. You can't really believe it's you. So you look in every passing mirror, even shop windows, to reassure yourself and confirm it's you. Sometimes, you even get the weird feeling of wanting to strip off the mask. This is not uncom­mon. It's just that people don't like to talk about it.

The biggest load you're carrying is your personality You blame so many things for the feeling of heaviness — your work, your relationships, your problems. And yet, it's your personali­ty that has cut you off from your natu­ral joy The person­ality makes you emotional. It con­fuses your mind, lives off every kind of stimulus, good and bad. Do you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself? Then you're ready to begin dis­mantling the personality

     You have made the per­sonality your protector. You have handed over much of your authority. So the personality jumps to your defense immedi­ately when you feel hurt. Sometimes you wince at its vio­lence and insensitivity. But then it's your de­fender. So you meekly go along with its behavior, and make ex­cuses. The wily protec­tor, given absolute power, becomes the ab­solute dictator. And you despair of ever being free.

The truth is, you don't need this protec­tion. The personality does have its place and role. It makes a rotten master, but is a good servant. The ser­vant must no longer be allowed to run your life. Behind every personality, behind every mask, is a character. Character is your God-giv­en uniqueness. Character is what you have to return to more consciously in yourself — the character of your joyous being behind the personality. Everybody without exception has character.

          The personality so often obscures and deprives you of the pleasure of your character, but this lovable or admirable charac­ter appears when the personality is no longer active, when the frontal awareness is con­nected directly with the flame of inno­cence. The man is then seen in a different light; the unique character shines forth, and we feel pleased or privileged to be in then company