The shortest distance between two insights is a diversion – well at least this is how walking the path feels like for me.
Our gurus tell us of the importance of giving to create good Karma. It is hard to remember and be consistent, so maybe it is useful to find good role models for inspiration.
One of mine is my late grand auntie who was a Catholic nun living in a monastery. As a rebellious teenager I challenged her: Isn’t her belief not just a collection of rules and superstition?
She smiled and answered: “Every day I get up and go out to look after people. People who are old, people who are lonely, people who are sick. I console the desperate, mend the broken, accompany the forgotten and guide the dying. This is a task that is performed day-in day-out; no human can endure; no force on earth sustain. So I go home at night and pray. Oh Lord, just for another day, give me the strength to console, mend, accompany and guide. Just another day. And in his grace my wish is granted. And this my boy is belief, my belief.”
I didn’t understand her until I encountered the great task of the Bodhisattvas: how they return to serve as long there is any sentient being in need of compassion. That task is performed everywhere, every day, in any name. We all can be part of it.
“When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God.
When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.”
~ BKS Iyengar
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