Taste the fruit of experiences and relish in its sweetness!
When we dare to be different,to be like the one lost sheep who strayed away from the herd,we can emerge from the cocoon to be our own true selves……
Parable of Jesus on the lost sheep according to the gospel of Luke…“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”
Like the one lost sheep,who is curious,who bravely ventures on its own to move away from the crowd,we can take courage and have the opportunity to stand alone and act independently from the chivalry of our hearts, to be in search of something mysterious, unknown, unfamiliar,we are going in the direction of seeking and wanting to be found……..the true experiencing!
When we are unafraid to knock on doors to be humble and say”I dont know,I need help me,please show me the way”……..its the beginning of allowing each door of experiencing to open one at a time, paving the way for inner questions to be answered ….it is the true asking!( if we don’t ask, we would not get answers!)
We are so easily indoctrinated, we so easily follow and believe what the others tell us in any way,shape or form……..whether in religion,in the media,in our own family dynamics,in the social/political/environmental circles how we should live our lives what we can or cannot do,how to raise our children,various ideologies of the world with marketing strategies telling us about beautifying ourselves, being rich, smart ,healthy,encouraging multitasking in our lives to generate material/consumer productivity and also to engage in various fun/exciting activities/adventures in order to find happiness,etc,etc,etc.Have we found true lasting happiness, peace and joy that way yet?
Yet still we seek happiness, peace, healing,and love!…………….…
Even the Buddha himself told his followers not to simply believe solely in his teachings but to experience its truth!
When we rely on beliefs alone, following,thinking like the crowd of any sorts,we become dependent on the opinion of others and cannot therefore have faith and trust and believe in our own heartful endeavours which we can in turn take responsibilities for.As long as we are ‘blindly’following what the others are saying, doing/living and projecting,we are truly drifting our selves further from the truth that which lies only within us and hence we feel the dichotomy,feeling of separation and confusing disturbances we are plagued within ourselves endlessly.
There is this analogy of tasting the mango fruit…..if we dont know what a mango is and if someone told us where its tree was planted and that the fruit tasted so deliciously sweet and juicy,we cannot simply go around promoting and telling others about this fruit….unless we undertake the time and effort to find that tree,climb up and pick the fruit and then taste it for ourselves first to see if what the other had said of the fruit was true!
The wise heart observes with care and guidance,it waits in patience to act and exercise its all encompassing and empowering love in order for the self to experience truth………..
Only Love in courageous,selfless action can guide us along any path,any situation, any uncalled for circumstance and lead us out of unecessary suffering with compassion, tenderness and forgiveness and true understanding.When we witness our own altruistic,noble and loving qualities,our own faith, strength,courage,forebearance and trusting capabilities ,we truly come to know ourselves ,we dont have to believe in anything outside of ourselves…..when we act in love,for love and by loving intentions all outcomes become blessed and accepted,surrendered and empowered…there is no failure or success….we simply lived out the moments and learned its lessons and can embrace ourselves in compassionate tenderness for having endured its difficulties and hardships!
While we do not make self assertions but remain fearful of not wanting to open doors into the unknown to taste all experiences for ourselves directly, to learn and grow from it,we do not live in the wisdom of our own hearts which hold the key to truths to set us free from worldly illusions,delusions and ephemeral pleasures!