Why Spiritual Seeking Involves Walking the Razor’s Edge with Awareness

Welcome to an article by our new guest contributor, Dr. Bina Nangia. Dr. Nangia is a long-time spiritual seeker who works with children. This week she looks at how spiritual seeking is about dancing the razor’s edge.

by Dr. Bina Nangia

Image by Pau Molas

Spiritual seeking happens when it is meant to happen.

It definitely depended on thousands of things to co-ordinate in my life. When there is intense longing to ‘know what you don’t know’ the path begins to unfold.

With receptivity, every person, object, situation points to the direction of your seeking. Once on this path, the journey begins.

In the beginning it seems fast track, since you start experiencing things which you were not even aware of.

Then it’s a ‘razor’s edge’ In fact, the true journey begins only now.

Every moment of your existence, it seems as if the universe is conspiring to teach you the many lessons you have to learn. It is in this allowing that the razor’s edge is experienced.

The journey is continuous, ongoing and flowing. Every interaction with others is the ground for further growth. If the understanding of ‘reality’ is weak, then you can slip on either side of the razor. The balancing act is the key to remain stable and have the conviction to move further on the path. The practise has to be ongoing and regular. There is danger of slipping from the razor’s edge and not being able to get back.

Here is when ‘awareness’ happens – the big picture, with the awareness of our role as a part of the totality.

Our interactions with others, as an exchange of role play with awareness, reduces our chances of slipping from the razor’s edge.

At every moment, we have to be fully aware of the role of divinity, placing us at the right place at the right time. Thousands of things have to go right in order for us to be and do what we are doing in the present situation.

This constant awareness helps me to be mindful, in every moment and live it to the fullest.

I try and find the perfect balance on the razor.

Can the wave independently try and balance itself? Its base is the ocean. The wave can try to be a wave or allow the ocean to express itself as a wave. The balance is in the allowing.

In the allowing, there is awareness of being a part of the ocean, yet not independent.

Then there is complete freedom, as the ocean’s job, you just allow with awareness.

This freedom is liberating and you are free of the bondage of believing that you are bound.

Then it’s a ‘wow’ moment. Then you are in balance with awareness.

The razor’s edge is a reminder to keep getting back to awareness, till it becomes you. Then you are awareness itself.

It is a wonderful exercise to be on the razor’s edge, mindfully and then balance with awareness.

 About Dr. Bina Nangia

Dr. Nangia currently works with special kids. This is her calling and she has been working in this field for 20 years.

A grandmother of two boys, Dr. Nangia has been practising yoga since her younger days. Her keen interest in spirituality over many years has got her in touch with many masters. They have contributed to her growth tremendously. She shares her thoughts in magazines and newspaper articles.

Dr. Nangia is the author of Dyslexia Decoded, a handbook for special educators, which was recently published by Penguin and Hayhouse.

She shares her experiences about special education on various social networking sites, and is a trained therapist and family networker.

Dr. Nangia lives in Delhi, India.

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3 replies
  1. bina Nangia
    bina Nangia says:

    truth is the reality of existence…knowledge takes us from ignorance to the reality…constant awareness of truth liberates us and we remain as though on the razor’s edge without slipping on either side.



  2. shekhar
    shekhar says:

    superb article..what a presentation and analog..!
    mam could you explain what this meant –
    “If the understanding of ‘reality’ is weak, then you can
    slip on either side of the razor”


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