Sunday, November 01, 2009
The Path to Wisdom
The path to enlightenment is simply the accumulation of wisdom. We spend so much of our lives accumulating “stuff” that becomes meaningless in the end. However as we transcend through life a home, transportation, education, food, clothes and several luxuries make life an easier path. It is so easy to talk about being altruistic when you are warm and secure and quite another thing to feel generous when times are tough. But one thing I have learned along my path is that a conversation, a hug, listening and reassurance are generous gifts we can all share with each other. In my own experience it is the moments when a student shares sadness, a joy, a birth, a death or any of life’s experiences with me that I feel the most satisfied and gratified in life. The shoes, the jewelry, the clothes come and go but the touching of souls in a heartfelt way is everlasting.
Posted on 11/01 at 12:22 AM
Monday, July 06, 2009
Have Wisdom in Your Actions and Faith in Your Merits
Simply put; as you perform the actions of your humanly existence it would be wise to consciously examine the consequences because every action creates a reaction. It is the basic law of karma. Your merits are your achievements which define your character. If your merits are virtuous then have faith that in your actions you have done that which ultimately will bring the greatest good. This of course brings us back to the examination of wisdom…the ability to transcend the ego.
In yoga there is a mudra or hand gesture that symbolizes wisdom. The hands are placed in the lap with the palms facing up. The index finger is bent inward and the thumb is placed on top of the index finger. This symbolizes the spirit (thumb) on top of the physical (index finger). It is the ability to let the ego step aside and let the natural harmony of life begin. When we act from the spiritual place we consciously, through experience manifest wisdom into our physical world. Our actions then define our character.
Yoga teaches us that when we leave this physical world we only take with us the wisdom we have gained and the love we have given and received. This wisdom-love bestows upon us the ability to manifest our spiritual essence. Love and wisdom endure long beyond the physical world.
The beginning point of yoga is quiet different from psychology or psychiatry in that it’s goal is to bring about a realization of the answer to this question;
“Traveler, what do you seek here…since this world is not your final resting place?”
If you seek wisdom (experience and knowledge) as well as to give and receive love then your actions are performed from a place of wisdom and your merits (character) are not based upon material gains but on faith that can come only from the essence of your soul.
Traveler…travel with me over the next year as together we seek out the answer to the question…what are we here for? Each month in my newsletter travel with me on this journey of wisdom and merits.
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Posted on 07/06 at 06:00 PM