What he ought to be
Stacked into him over years
He just could not see
How it all fuelled his fears
He thought he knew
What he wanted to be
Others just drew
What he ought to see
They corrupted his hard drive
His software was out of date too
How could he thrive?
Living life by proxy, would you?
You are what you are
No rush to become anything
Trying to catch the destination
Journey killed by smothering…
Both Science and Spirituality are about seeking the Truth. I am a student, a seeker in both fields. In some ways I think that they are one and the same but that is a topic for discussion for another day.
What I wish to talk about today is what I think is the most important prerequisite for both these fields of endeavour. It is the capacity to ask questions. It is about the capacity to not take anything for granted. It is the capacity to go beyond dogma and belief and challenge ones own perceptions and look for answers.
Knowledge and Wisdom are not merely obtained by obtaining an answer to a particular question. They are secured by the process of seeking, of asking questions. The process is such that the answers fall in our lap. Let me elucidate with an example. Something I wish you to work on, reflect on and grapple with at an individual level. If I said that there is nothing like a ‘true straight line’ you might think that this person has gone nuts. ‘Even a 6 year old knows what a straight line is’. A straight line is a concept that we are taught very early in life and we take it for granted. We don’t question it. It is actually a hypothetical construct and let me explain how. The universe is made up of spheres and circles. Any line between 2 points is a line between 2 points of a sphere or circle and this by definition can’t be straight. A straight line is a concept for our convenience.
Both in science and spirituality we do have to work with concepts as they are useful for learning. They play a useful role in our journey. However, it is important that we understand them as concepts and not as absolute truths. The bottom line is that a straight line may not be straight after all…
We humans have somehow come to perceive that we progress mainly by a process of addition i.e. that we start off as deficient and that we progress by a process of addition which gradually minimises the deficiency state. This is one of the biggest flaws in human thinking, understanding and behaviour.
This preoccupation with ‘addition’ makes us waste all our lives in adding things at all levels whether they be physical objects or information ( misunderstood to be knowledge for the mind). In this way we create unnecessary layer over layer in our thought process and actions.
We do not start in a deficient state. What we simply need is an appreciation of ourself and this appreciation can lead to our tryst with divinity. However, we don’t do simple! We complicate things by our desire or longing for ‘something’ from outside that we think is ‘missing’ and that is required to rectify the defect in us. What we actually need is some way of clearing the ‘dust’ such that we can see and appreciate our brilliance. What we tend to do instead is think we are ‘dirty’ or ‘faulty’ or ‘incomplete’ and add artificial layer over layer of paint over ourselves hoping that no one can see the ‘defect’ in us.
Human progress is based not on addition but on subtraction. IF WE GIVE UP ALL UNNECESSARY THINGS WE ARE ONE WITH OUR CREATION. The aim in life should be to strip down to the bare minimum.
STOP ASKING: WHAT DO I WANT?
START EACH DAY BY ASKING WHAT CAN I GIVE UP TODAY? WHAT IS SUPERFLOUS? ONCE WE START STRIPPING OURSELVES OF ALL THE UNNECESSARY WE BECOME BLISSFUL. SUBTRACTION THEN BECOMES ADDITION AND OUR JOY MULTIPLIES.
The bad habit of ‘addition’ makes us into ‘hoarders’ but unfortunately these ‘additions’ do not help us to progress. Infact they pull us down. They make it difficult for us to move forward. They also create a lot of ‘noise’ in our lives such that we can’t hear the real melody of life. To listen to our inner self we need SILENCE. We don’t want to be distracted by the ‘NOISE’.
We need to learn the art of ‘giving up’ all the superflous things in our lives be they thoughts, words, actions or objects. STOP THINKING, SAYING, DOING AND GETTING SUPERFLOUS THINGS. The more you strip from your unnecessary layers the more blissful you will feel. Literally it is a big weight off your shoulders. You will enjoy life better and appreciate yourself and the creation around you. Give it a go!