More important than
What they taught me
Was how they
Made me feel…
The chapters are forgotten
But the lesson was learnt…
Keep turning the pages
Till that one sentence
To start your life story with…
Happy Teachers Day
*Osho: The one who questioned all answers*
*For Madmen Only (Price of Admission: Your Mind)*
Buddha says to his disciples again and again ‘Become an island’ — and by that he means to remain in your aloneness totally.
Just like an island unconnected to anything, just you yourself in your absolute aloneness — then you become an island. And that very possibility of becoming absolutely alone becomes the door to the divine.
If you are related to the world too much, you cannot be related to god. If you are related to things too much, you cannot be related to yourself. If you are related too much without, you cannot be within.
So a feeling of unrelatedness has to be developed, and this is going to help you tremendously. Not that you have to leave all relationship — no, not at all — not that you have to leave your parents, your wife, your child, your friend. Nothing has to be left, just the idea of relationship has to be dropped.
Be with your woman but let there be no idea of relationship. Let there be two alonenesses together, let there be two individuals together, but don’t lose your independence and don’t force the other to lose her independence.
Two islands can be together, very close, but yet they remain islands.
Kahlil Gibran used to say that lovers should be like pillars of a temple: they hold the same roof. In a way they are together and yet far apart.
So be in the world but not of the world; that is the meaning of being an island. Move in the world but unconcerned, unidentified.
The East has developed a symbol for it, the lotus flower — it remains in water but remains untouched by the water. And that is what Buddha means when he says to become an island.
It’s nice to pose a challenge for yourself once in a while:) The biggest gift it places on us is a feeling of confidence… The belief that we can undertake something and make it happen, everyday.
Completion of a task gives a glow that leaving tasks unfinished, takes away. In this small way we become our own happiness pill 🙂
My challenge of A sketch a Day, makes me look forward to every morning with anticipation as I wonder what thought will surface up in a bid to be captured by me on paper.
Remember the joy of coming across a forgotten pressed Rose? A first Valentine memory or a beauty that one wanted to always remember….So one found a book of poetry or whatever it is that one was reading at that time and placed it between the pages and shut the book gently…
And there it lay, a pressed rose, exuding its fragrance and coaxing it into the aging pages of your cherished book, till one day, years later, you chance upon it once again and you drop everything to just sit and reminisce about that small yet beautiful moment in life…
One that came back on the delicate wings of a pressed rose.