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Have you looked at yourself lately?

When you look at mirror you assume you are looking at your face! But that’s the lie you have been trained to live with. You actually see what you want to see. You get up in morning and Start wearing masks for the day, one for wife, One for Boss, One for friend and One for Kids- So on and on. Based on what you want you project you wear a face.

It’s not accidental that more people love actors than any other profession. Deep inside you are nothing but an actor. You play roles based on whom you meet and what you feel. Only difference is nobody gives you star status for daily acting!

Situations change so you need many false faces, masks. From the morning till the evening, from the evening till the morning, thousands of faces are used. When you see a man approaching who is powerful, you change the mask; when you see a man who is a beggar approaching you, you are different. The whole time, moment to moment, there is a constant change in the face.

One has to be alert about it because it has become so mechanical that you need not be aware of it, it goes on changing by itself. If a servant comes in the room you don’t even look at him. You act as if he is not a man, as if he doesn’t exist, as if nobody has entered. But when the boss comes in the room you suddenly jump, you have a smiling face, receiving, welcoming, as if God himself has entered into the room.

Watch your face, the changes that occur continuously. Look in the mirror and think of the many faces that you can change. Look in the mirror and bring the face that comes when you approach your wife; look at the face that comes when you approach your beloved; look at the face when you are greedy, when you are angry; create the face when you feel sexual; create the face when you feel dissatisfied, frustrated. And watch in the mirror: you will find you are not one man — you are a crowd. And sometimes it will be difficult even to recognize that all these faces belong to you. A mirror can be a great blessing. You can meditate in the mirror, change your faces and look at them. This will give you a glimpse of how false your whole life has become. And none of these faces is you.

All these relationships — enemy or friend, father or son, wife or husband — have so engulfed you that within yourself you can neither find nor know your own being.

In Love and meditation you can come face to face with your own face. That’s why people in love keep looking into each other eyes and face. In Love you don’t wear mask, you carry real face. As love wears out in relationship you constantly start wearing masks and the only thing you avoid is looking into each others face.

The day you find your real face, you don’t need a mirror because whole cosmos reflects your face and that’s face of God too!

What face are you wearing today?