We are told that success is a matter of daily habit. A simple regimen followed routinely automatically results in success. But has it also ever occurred to you that your routine can also hem you in from living fully?
Forgiving has never been easy for me. Being a Sagittarian (which is a fire sign) on one hand and the venomous Snake (my Chinese sign) on another, I would always place honour above forgiveness.
Recently, a friend mentioned that his prime learning from our two great epics –Ramayana and Mahabharata – is that one should stand up against dis-honor. Both the epics almost came across as scriptures professing honor (and by extension vengeance) instead of professing love. I was quick to resonate.
There is no ladder, there is no wall
There is no need to purify your soul
There is no journey, there is no way
How can you come back when you have never been away?
Why don’t you go out and just have a stroll?
After all, you have always been in your goal
Any path you take, can only take you away
There was nowhere to go, you will realise one day!
Why open an avenue where there is none
Why get in to a journey that never begun?
If you start a chapter, it shall never end
Whatever be your ways, you will have to mend
What else is Maya if not the need to strive
To behave as if there is somewhere to arrive!
You already are all that you want to be
It is just a fact that you need to see!
Key learning points from the book
‘The way of zen’
By Alan Watts
INADEQUACY OF LINEAR METHODS
My conventionally edited version of my past is made to seem almost more the real ‘me’ than what I am at this moment. For what I am seems to be so fleeting and intangible but what I was is fixed and final. It is the firm basis for predictions about what I will be in the future. So it comes about that I am more closely identified with what no longer exists than with what actually is.
(as understood through the book ‘What is Advaita’ by K.Sankarnarayan)
WHAT IS REALITY ?
‘Brahm Satya Jagat Mithya’ is an oft-repeated sentence most spiritualists would have heard. It is generally translated as ‘God is real; world is an illusion’. However, there is a confusion of sorts here.