Once upon a time, there existed a great and powerful kingdom; which was ruled by an even greater, even more powerful king. The king was a just and righteous man who ever honoured the path of Dharma. His subjects loved him deeply and were always pleased by his actions and rulership.
Born to the king was a son, a single heir to the mighty thrown. The king held nothing but love for his son, however the young prince was born with a strange and unfortunate abnormality. Exactly how such a condition came to be I cannot say, but the kings son, the rightful heir to the thrown, was born believing that he was in fact not a prince. He was born believing that he was a common turkey.
Is it possible to know too much? Is there a point at which additional information becomes harmful instead of helpful? Many of us were brought up thinking that knowledge is power; and that, to continue to attain new knowledge, new information, is to expand our horizons and open doors to incredible opportunity. Although I believe that such a statement stands firm initially, I also believe that there is a line. When we cross this line, information becomes not only useless, but also a burden on the back of our spiritual awakening.
Through in depth observations of the way the world moves, one will come to know the greatest secrets of the universe. Ask yourself, how are we actually able to move from point A to point B? What happens in the body and beyond in actions as simple as walking down the street?
We must realize that every person on some level is broken. This is one of the most profound realizations which we will ever have the painful pleasure of knowing. In this world, nothing feels whole. Nothing is as we wish it would be; and if you think otherwise, you're either completely realized or completely blinded by wrong knowledge. We struggle to be our authentic selves in a world where nothing seems to be quite right. Sometimes this feeling is covered up by external excitement. Sometimes we forget out broken nature, both individually and as a whole. This is the first truth the ancient prophets tell us about our existence on Earth.
You are a traveler, and you've been walking amidst a mountainous path for days. The hot summer sun is blazing down upon you. Reserves of food are all but extinguished. You're exhausted, and you're experiencing a burning desire for rest and rejuvenation.
With respect to the mind, one who looks hard enough can see a great deal of madness. Many systems of philosophy, both Eastern and Western, agree that the mind is the instrument through which we are able perceive all of creation. In the same way, we can say that our relative reality is both experience with, and created by, the mind.
My brother and I haven’t always gotten along .. likely because I used to live a life clouded by ignorance .. But recently, we’ve grown quite close, and I realize now that he has some intelligent ideas up in that mind of his.
One such idea surrounds a simple test pertaining to our nutritional habits. Although vegetarianism is what traditional yoga would recommend, for whatever reason, it isn’t always ideal for certain individuals. Those who include meat and animal products in their diet, this test is for you.
If you've ever experienced, or at least heard about a traditional Indian wedding, you'll know that they are quite the production. These events have been known to last two, maybe three or even four full days! And they are by no means limited to merely family and friends.
While travelling through India, I remember hearing about one such wedding. Set on the outskirts of New Delhi, in a facility fit for the most elegant king and queen. From elaborate decor, to food and drink for thousands, to an entire orchestra, even and a band of jewel encrusted elephants; they had absolutely everything at this wedding!
"I saw the angel is the marble and carved until I set him free."
I had to stop for a moment after reading this, one of Michelangelo's most famous quotations. His point of view, although quite unorthodox, reveals much about the way in which we experience our existence.
For the past few days, a particular friend from back home has been popping into my mind. I won't mention any names, but I will tell you a story.
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Our existence is much like a rocket, designed to carry payload into upper Earth orbit. Within this individual rocket there are various stages, various engines rather, that activate at different altitudes along the way.
Our mind is a garden
And meditation, the gardener
Many people don't understand the value of meditation. And rightfully so .. A far more subtle practice than most can understand. At first glance it just looks like sitting quietly in isolation, legs and feet falling asleep.. You can't blame people for laughing at the idea - what progress can be made by such silliness