I don't watch much TV, but every once in a while, a show catches my eye. There's a new series on Showtime called Billions, and it's definitely sparked my interest.
In the pilot episode, two lead characters are introduced. One is a U.S. Attorney named Chuck Rhoades. The other is a self-made billionaire named Bobby Axelrod. Chuck is trying to take down Bobby for financial crimes, but there's all kinds of tangled webs in between the two. For instance, Chuck's wife works for Bobby's hedge fund operation. Can we say conflict of interest?
Anyway, I mention the show because Chuck and Bobby both share a common habit: meditation! Yes, these white-collar adversaries are portrayed as daily mediators, sitting quietly with eyes closed, in their offices and homes. They may be unscrupulous and perverse in other areas, but at least the script writers of the show have given a shout out to the beloved practice of cultivating stillness. It's a good sign.
I don't recall which exact lesson, or maybe it's from a forum post, but I'm reminded of Yogani's example of a businessman that wants to meditate to become more profitable and successful in the material world. What does Yogani say about such a seemingly shallow motivation? He essentially says: Go for it!
That's right, the mechanics of Deep Meditation will morally self-regulate a person, even if someone starts out with less than noble intentions and aspirations. Such is the power of following the mantra into inner silence. With enough time, persistence, and consistency, the goodness and virtue of our divine self will shine through, despite our shadowy beginnings. It is a hopeful and promising trajectory—to rely on the mechanics of active surrender, and to not worry too much about how pure our intentions are from the outset. It all gets taken care of if we apply the tried-and-true methods of full-scope yoga.
More than a guru, more than a man-made law, more than any amount of money...do I trust the reality of cause and effect, and the omnipresence of eternal stillness underlying all causes and effects. That's where my investment strategy resides: in the heart of pure bliss consciousness, and in the continuity of karma, which came long before Wall Street, and will be around long after it crumbles.
In the meantime, at least Hollywood is sprinkling some meditative fairy dust in the dark, sophisticated corners of our evolving culture. Pretty radical.
Catch you on the flipside.