" By virtue of being human, all of us have the capacity to choose, to change, to grow." Eknath Easwaran's closing statement deeply resonates with me. I love it. It is very encouraging and promising. We all have been conditioned to think, believe, feel and act according to the beliefs and ideas of good intentional people who raise us. The down side of such conditioning is that it limits our capacity to be free to find our own path that can expand and deepen our consciousness and original creativity. The good news is that we have innate capacity to change and reverse our conditioning.
In order to create a new path and go upstream we need to have courage and conviction for change and transformation. It does not happen quickly and easily. It requires sustained effort, time. patience and practice. It requires dedication and devotion. In Hindu spiritual tradition, we call it sadhana and one who practices it is called sadhak. It is a self-chosen path. It is usually a path less traveled. although everyone is capable of walking on this uphill path. It is a path of liberating oneself from the conditioned bound self.
I have been walking on this path for quite some long time. I was blessed to have parents who set an example of living spiritually and encouraging and supporting me to follow my path. And that is the path and practice of meditation.It was not that easy for me to walk consistently on my path. I had friends who were not walking on this path. There were temptations that will distract me from my path. I fell down and stood up again and continued my journey. Daily practice of meditation has always helped me to sustain and move on. Doing meditation with like minded and like hearted people has been very helpful to me to stay the course. I feel at home no matter where I am. Meditation is homecoming, creating deep feeling of contentment, joyfulness and peacefulness.
May we pave and walk on our own path that connects us with others and which brings joyful fulfillment in us!
Jagdish P Dave
On Jan 7, 2018Jo wrote :
Most Beautiful. Thank you!
On Jan 9, 2018Anna wrote :
Beautifully translated in your words. Thank you!
On Jan 13, 2018writetothepoint1960 wrote :
He has a way with people, his work lives through many of his students. I am very attracted to creating good habits through meditation.