When you don’t long to be anything other than what you are then your mind exists in the moment. Then you are at ease. Then you are in dharma.
In India, it is common to see interesting messages inscribed on vehicles, especially trucks. Once driving around Regal cinema I was amazed to see a sticker on a very small car “When I grow up, I want to be a Rolls Royce”
I started pondering over it. This was just a not a joke. It was indeed a very profound statement about human beings too. Nobody in this world is happy or content with what he is, he always wants to be something which he cannot be. Our school education also teaches us to become something, it gives us great ideals to follow. Ask any school going child what he or she wants to become, and there comes the answer “I want to become Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa”.
These answers do make us happy and proud but the fact is that life does not want carbon copies. Life believes in originals. Life, existence, god would like every human being to flower in his original way to become something that we and he alone is supposed to become. Then there’s no tension. Tension arises when a rose wants to become a lotus.
You desire to become something. Tension means that you are not really pleased with what you are and you long to be what you are not. Tension is created between these two, and what you desire to become is irrelevant. If you want to become wealthy, famous, powerful or even if you want to be mortal, even if you long for salvation and moksha, then too the tension will be there.