Memory of experiences and events in the ever-changing world - however good or bad - constrict the vastness of the Self. They bind you.
Memory of your nature - the non-changing Self - expands and elevates awareness. This liberates you. You are what you are because of your memory. If you are ignorant, it is because of your memory. If you are enlightened, it is because of your memory.
Forgetfulness of the Infinite is misery. Forgetfulness of the trivial is ecstasy.
Question: How do we get rid of unpleasant memories and limitations?
■ Know the impermanent nature of the world and events.
■ Realise that past events do not exist in the present.
■ Accept the past and drop it.
■ Be dispassionate and centred.
■ Memory of the Self is gained in the company and service of the Enlightened.
■ So Hum ! Increase prana.
■ So what?
■ If none of this works - then go to the moon.
Excerpts from the book An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar www.artofliving.org