Intensity is more important than enlightenment itself. Because enlightenment is a verb, not a noun. It is the intensity of the seeker that determines his/her success.
But what exactly is this intensity?
Intensity is the passion to seek and the patience to wait balanced onto a neat rhythm.
Passion is good for outer world success. But too much passion leads to depression, stress, all the modern day problems. And patience without passion makes a person peaceful but it also leads to inertia, a kind of dullness.
Balanced together, passion and patience make a seeker intense.
This is the essence of Swami Nithyananda's talk we heard today, which he spoke a few days back in the US. The yoga sutras of Patanjali talks.
I had stolen a few looks at Papa (hubby) during the talk and seen his head nodding off to sleep. Which is why I was most surprised to hear him telling me this on the bus back home:
'I am ninety percent passion, and very little patience. You are exactly opposite. So we need to synergice ourselves with each other.'
'Yup. How?' I asked, all ears.
'I should listen to you and you should listen to me. Really listen.' he said, and proved that he was the same man I had long ago married.