Blog 1197 – 12.06.2019
Worlds Not Dreamt Of, If You Will
“Steel sharps steel” it is written, the allusion being that we polish and cause one other to shine interacting with one another.
I try to remain open to new ideas especially different and from angles that I have not previously viewed. I grew up in a very narrow religious tradition, as many have, that thought all other view points incorrect or just plain wrong. For several years now one of my daily intentions is to discard anything that is no longer serving me, a good way, I think, to clear the cobwebs. I heard a new friend say just yesterday regarding his long acquired skill of considering other view points and not just his own, “I consider myself an enlighten man.” I responded, “Doesn’t everyone? It is always tempting to think “our truth” is the only truth.
The following is a quote from a Indian lady’s blog that I follow which goes against our materialist take on the world but offers some insight into the perhaps deeper meaning of riches and economy.
“Austerity is often mistaken to be poverty, self-denial. It is neither. Austerity comes out of maturity. It is a sign of social health. Often people who practice austerity are resentful of richness. This is a very pitiable state. Such austerity is not born out of maturity but out of compulsion. The true austerity has tolerance for richness and is never resentful.
In fact, one who is mature will have pity for one who is not austere. Austerity is not against celebration and just vanity is not celebration. Celebration dawns in the spirit. Only one who is rich in spirit can practice austerity. One may be rich materially but if he is poor in spirit he can neither celebrate nor evolve. Poverty of spirit is vanity. Austerity brings freedom from the pride of vanity. But taking pride in austerity is again a vanity !
Austerity comes out of abundance, and austerity brings abundance. If you feel a lack in any area of life, immediately start austerity. Austerity not only brings freedom but nurtures sharing and caring.”
COURTESY OF: SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR GURUJI
The dictionary defines austerity thus:
—noun, plural aus·ter·i·ties.
1. austere quality; severity of manner, life, etc.; sternness.
2. Usually, austerities. ascetic practices: austerities of monastery life.
3. strict economy.
Origin: 1300–50; Middle English austerite < Anglo-French, Old French austerite < Latin austēritās. See austere, -ity
But here again most if not all words, people, and things have a meaning deeper and richer than even a few well-chosen words can completely capture. Giving people and things a single name or view is, in my mind, always a mistake. Trying to view the world from any one ideological, philosophical, political, or religious view point has created much of the big mess we are in today and has spawned countless wars, misunderstandings, and misery.
Billy Shakespeare, an ole friend who wrote a lot of meaningful words, wrote in one of his plays: “Alas, (and we can insert our name here) there are worlds not dreamt of in your philosophy.” We, all of us, need to open up our hearts and minds more to a wider Universe of possibilities and potentials. There is so, so much more than one little truth can contain. Listen longer to the new and the different and spend less time trying to convince others and ourselves that “our truth” is the One and Only. We are all just a small part of the One. But One, I believe, we are.
Your friend and fellow traveler,