If the wave understands that other waves present in that vast mighty ocean are the same water, the wave will suddenly feel a deep connection with other waves because it knows that at the core, they are all one.

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In the Upanishads there is the analogy of the waves and the ocean that I spoke of earlier. Each wave arises from the same mass of water and falls back into it. In this brief period of time, from the time it rises until the time it falls,it thinks that it is different from the rest of the ocean. Similarly, each wave thinks it is independent and disconnected. The baby wave that is just born is given a name by the other waves, which are already present. Not only that, after a while this wave starts to define itself an identity: ‘This is my father wave,’ ‘This my mother wave,’ ‘These are my friends,’ ‘These are my teachers,’ ‘These are my enemies,’ and so on.

After a while, the wave has forgotten that it has risen from the ocean. It gets busy in carving this false identity for itself. And before it realizes, it falls back into the ocean. Whether the wave likes it or not, whether it wants to believe it or not, it must fall back into the ocean because that is where it came from. It has no choice. It came from the ocean and it must go back into the ocean.

All problems arise when the wave thinks it is different from the ocean and resists it. Different waves start to compare themselves with each other about which one is better and even fight wars with each other. If the wave understands that once it falls back it will emerge elsewhere as another wave, then there is no need to resist the fall. It will relax and enjoy. The wave will suddenly start to enjoy its play in the ocean.

If the wave understands that other waves present in that vast mighty ocean are the same water, the wave will suddenly feel a deep connection with other waves because it knows that at the core, they are all one. If we understand this simple theory of life — that we came from the same Source and we return to it — we realize that we are connected to something much greater than our individual self.

excerpt from Bhagavad Gita Demystified Chapter 13 by Swami Nithyananda

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