Dancing Cheek to Cheek

सब राज़ी खुशी है? (“Is everyone happy?”) यह भी कोई पूछने की बात है? (“Is this even something to ask?”) Accha! बाबा याद हैं?

To be Baba’s partner, to help Him in His task, I need to become like Him. If Baba has a thought to get something done, I need to be the instrument He can trust to get it done. Baba cannot afford to make mistakes and so if I am the executor of His orders, then I need to be VERY good- as good as He is.

So, what does it mean to be like Him? It means to be stable in the original stage of the self, to experience and perform every deed in the state of soul consciousness even while in the body. It means to be an embodiment of the original qualities of the soul – to be love, to be power, to be purity and to be bliss. It means to be the creator of every scene in the Drama such that it is beneficial to the self and to the world, instead of being a mere passenger. It means to be someone that has unshakable faith in the intellect of the self and in the Drama.

How does one become like that, like Him? Well, in reality, I already am an elevated soul just like Him but through the course of time, I forgot my true identity and became someone else. I became someone laced with weaknesses, fears, anxieties, the prejudices. However, these being in reality alien to the soul, I became uncomfortable in my own skin searching for the causes in all the wrong places. Tired, heartbroken and lost groping for the light switch in the dark, I found myself getting thrown into one bad situation after another, being caught by surprise each time and therefore reacting like a panicked passenger in a train wreck.

Now I once again remember who I really am – a reflection of God Himself, a donor of virtues and a benefactor to one and all. I realize that I got caught up in limited desires, attachments which weakened the mind and made me afraid of losing what was never mine. I now also understand the way the Drama works and armed with this knowledge, I learn to use the same scenes that made me the person with the weaknesses and fears, to undo these very traits of my personality. Now that I have understood the plot, I know how to use it. I keep my goal – to become my real self in front of me and simply play my role differently – I play it according to His direction and using my will. And each time, I play a scene differently, I have as Baba says, died alive. I have now become a new person who refuses to be taken by surprise by every little thing said or done, I don’t blame or react to situations anymore but instead understand the underlying motivations and influence accordingly. I become a creator and take charge.

Baba points out that the area where we falter the most is when we come into interaction with others. It is here, He says, that I most need to be that embodiment of the original qualities of the Soul, to give love in return for anger, be one with a broad enough intellect that sees only the specialties in others. Be powerful enough to offer a garland of virtues to anyone that offers me a garland of thorns. In other words, it is here that I need to rise above the limited desire to prove my greatness, look beyond the ‘I’ and put others before me.

He reminds us that it is a dance. While it is entertaining to watch a solo performance, it is always more interesting to watch a couple dancing in step with each other. And if you think of it, the legendary dancers are not necessarily those who were individually the greatest but rather those that possessed the ability to dance well with another, who were able to identify the strengths of their partner and leverage that in their performances together. They were so good that even if the partner were to dance a misstep, they responded in such a way that it looked like it was part of the performance. In other words, the best always made the one they danced with look good, feel special. They made the ones watching fantasize about dancing with them too because they made it look easy and beautiful to dance with them. They created magic!

And talking about legendary dancers, there isn’t a greater dancer than Baba. He dances with millions of souls in any given second.  Each soul has a different style, different strengths and weaknesses but He is able to make every one of them feel special, like there is none other He would rather dance with. He makes each one feel beautiful and complete when they are with Him. He understands each one so well that He is able to respond, to give. He does not question or remark at someone’s shortcomings, He does not cut someone off or dismiss someone as beneath Him but instead treats each one with the utmost respect and regard. And by being colored in His Company, I feel inspired to become like Him, to be able to dance like Him without Him even having to say the words.

It usually takes more than a single person to fulfill a task- while it might take just one to start it, it usually takes a team to see it through. And so it becomes imperative to be able to recognize the qualities each one brings and leverage it well for the task. Just like in the dance, I don’t let a misstep get in the way of success, of us creating magic together, similarly, I no longer expect nor wait for people to change but am instead focused on making myself such a skilled dancer that I am able to compensate for any missteps in the performance. I take responsibility and transform the course of events to be beneficial to all involved.

As it turns out, this dancing continues till the very end. With the world as my stage, I am constantly dancing with different people whether at home, at school or at work. I could let it wear me down by trying to dance the most difficult steps that no one else can match or I could have fun putting on the most inspirational performance one has ever seen by simply dancing cheek to cheek.

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek, When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak
When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I love to climb a mountain
And reach the highest peak
But it doesn’t thrill me half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Oh I love to go out fishing
In a river or a creek
But I don’t enjoy it half as much
As dancing cheek to cheek

Heaven, I’m in heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing, out together dancing
Out together dancing cheek to cheek

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