Posted by: bobroth | January 17, 2010

Life in New York City

Living with opposites

When in New York City, I live in an apartment downtown at the tip of Manhattan Island…  From where I stay, the sun never really rises up from the east because of the cavernous skyscrapers … The first rays of the sun sort of drizzle down from high above onto the slate-gray streets far below for a scant few minutes around noon when the orb has climbed directly overhead.

From my room, I can only tell what the day is like by looking at the reflection in the windows of the high-rise across the street … If see a hint of blue in the glass I have my barometer read for the day…

Living in downtown Manhattan is a bit of a shock to my system after recent forays into the sweeping panoramas of the Himalayas and the Swiss Alps. But I guess life is about living gracefully amidst opposites: Birth and death, victory and defeat, youth and old age, pleasure and pain, heat and cold, happiness and sorrow, light and dark, expansion and contraction… Ye ol’ opposites are with us always, everywhere, anyway… So where do they come from? Can light and dark and birth and death have a common source? Ancient sages and even some modern scientists agree, birth and death and heat and cold—and everything else in the universe—ultimately do come from the same place. They originate from deep within the fabrics of nature, at the core of life, in the unified field.

Just as every single wave is an expression of a vast sea, and every green leaf (or red petal or brown stem) on the tree is an expression of the all-pervasive colorless sap, ultimately everyone and everything are expressions of the unified field … which, the wise have proclaimed, is an unbounded ocean of pure consciousness deep within you.

Experience the unified field from within and live the unified field from within, and you won’t be like a football kicked around by situations and circumstances, buffeted about by the inevitable ups and downs, wins and losses, happinesses and sorrows of life…

Anchored in your Self, you will become a master of the field of change—a master of the whole of life…

This is the state of enlightenment. This is the birthright of every human being: wise, mature, powerful, blissful, compassionate, fulfilled.
Education should develop this natural state of enlightenment… But it doesn’t.

Yes, students should go to school to acquire the means to make a very good living. But look around, it’s not enough—look at the crime, disease, pollution, dishonesty, and deception …

Education has to do something more than just prepare students to make money. Education has to provide the means for students to develop themselves, fully—to live their full potential. Education should do that but it doesn’t… Education is pretty much employment-based, job-based, money-based. Go to school to get a job.
I want to re-emphasize, it very important to get a good job so you can fulfill your desires and support a family. But to get a job and forsake enlightenment is a crime against life. You should live both, you should demand both.
That is living 200% of life.

These are not my original thoughts… They come from Maharishi… Wise words…


  1. Hi,

    The key is to do both. Prepare for a career and a life. The problem with US education is the ideological divide between vocational andacademic learning. A vocation is a calling.. We need to unify vocational and academic learning to open the doors of equity and access in education. We need to expand our definition of excellence in education rather than perpetuating a systems that favors a singlelearning style over human learning. We need to return to andragogy over pedagogy. –Jim Brazell

  2. It’s not directly TM, but I like these Fellini’s thoughts about NYC when he was asked to make a film in US (what he refused). “New York! Merveilleux, un astronef immense suspendu dans le cosmos, sans racines, sans profondeur, comme posée sur une vaste plaque de cristal, Ninive, Venise, Damas, Bénarès, toutes les villes du monde fondues dans une scénographie éblouissante, futuriste et décadente. New York est tendre, violent, infiniment beau, terrifique – mais comment pourrais-je le raconter ?” (Intervista sul cinema, 1983). I’m not translating it, because I can’t reproduce the mood of the sentence, while French is closer to Italian.

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