John Armitage/Hari Das Baba at a recent 13D Teacher Training:
I was doing a Shamballa class in Wormwood Scrubs, a prison for notorious criminals. I had mostly very hardened criminals in this class. I walked up to one man, who everyone in the prison was afraid of, including the guards—he’d killed a number of people. I walked up to him and I put my arms around him and I said, “You know, I really love you. I really, really love you.” He looked at me and said, “nobody in my whole life ever told me that they loved me. From this I realize I shouldn’t have done what I did. But also—I’m not making any excuses, but I killed 4 people, but I didn’t know anything about love until just a few minutes ago. If I’d known about love, what the feeling of it is, I wouldn’t have killed them. I would have loved them, wouldn’t I?” So this is another illustration of how love changes everything. We have a habit of looking for the imbalances instead of seeing everything is perfection.”
My guru in India asked me once if I’d ever killed anybody. I said, “No. When we were in the military we just played at it.” He asked if I’d ever thought I’d like to kill someone. I supposed that there had been times that I was so angry I’d thought that. He asked, “Well why didn’t you do it?” “I dunno, maybe it’s fear of being locked up for a long time, or judged or whatever.” “Well, if you thought it you might as well have done it. It’s the same thing.” These are all things to think about. Thoughts are energy.
We’re taught to judge others and ourselves, to conform, to do what’s “appropriate” for society. Here’s my message: don’t conform.
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