"You will feel your soul being undressed when the tender hands of love begin touching you. The many different masks on one's face will be removed and the many different clothes which one is "attached" to will be ripped off one by one.
Then there will be a feeling of nothingness inwardly. Nothing to hold on to, nothing to be attached to and nothing to lose and therefore no fear. And when you are so totally naked inwardly, there will be a feeling of innocence. This will be the beginning of your immortal love story with the beloved."
We all have certain masks on our faces. Very rarely, we are absolutely truthful and totally innocent about who we are. We always have something to be hidden inside from others. So we never have this feeling of inward nakedness in which we have nothing to hide from others and therefore we are never in this state of innocence in our relationships. And we naturally and easily become very truthful in such inward nakedness.
If we are not naked inwardly this way then all those things hidden in our consciousness must be observed and understood very carefully. We have so many images about ourselves like the "intelligent one" or the "beautiful one" etc. All these images are the factors which prevent us from being naked inside. So, we must carefully and attentively be aware of such images by observing them very closely in our daily relationships. We must watch the response of our minds when we are flattered or insulted. We can be flattered or insulted only if we have an image about ourselves. If we are in this state of inward nakedness with no image of ourselves at all, then neither flattery nor insult can touch us. And we will never get hurt inwardly in such a state of the mind as it is only the image we built about ourselves which is getting hurt.
One might doubt whether it would be at all possible to live this way in a world which almost everybody is somehow untruthful with extraordinarily cunning and clever minds. One can absolutely live this way in this world as this is something totally different from being stupidly naive. There is extreme intelligence functioning through that quality of inward nakedness of the mind. It is the intelligence of inner simplicity which is true wisdom and therefore such a mind will easily see the right way to deal with the cunning and clever minds of today's world.
We are also attached to many different things like the boyfriend, girlfriend, furniture, car or the bank account etc. All such attachments must be wiped away since they become the things we hold on to and as long as we hold on to something inwardly we can never be totally naked inwardly.
And only in this quality of total inward nakedness we can know what love, joy and true happiness is.
Practical suggestions on inward nakedness:
-Be aware of the many different masks and images you have in your daily relationship.
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