SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the directive to fulfill oneself in perfection? Can you share a personal story of a time you felt life in all things? What helps you include the negative in your conception of the positive?
I am the a proud 89 year African-American family Matriarch,,,,four children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grand children! My progeny has met challenges, overcome disappointments and rejoiced with successes.
My being is manifested in their beings --morally, spiritually and physically.
I love the response that JK gave. Life has no purpose. Because it is. It has no beginning and no ending and it including you, me and everything that we love and hate. What it means to me is that when I am full of life, when I am just being in the moment, when I am fully present, there is no purpose, no time or no goal. Only life is present and there is no I or individual consciousness. When I am thinking, planning and mourning, then I have a purpose to make myself whole by doing, feeling and embracing the polarity that I am running away from.
Think about it, just like life has no purpose, death has no purpose either. But we try to find meaning and give meaning to death.
My father passed away last year. His life is fulfilled and death took him away. By mourning, by being upset that he died only makes me unable to participate in life. I am not engaged with life everytime I live in the memories of my father or when I am upset.
When I serve others, when I celebrate other's success as my own, when I laugh and share with others, then I dont need any purpose to my life. Life is service and life is presence and life is joy. They just are.
Thank you for the beautiful passage!
To fulfill oneself in perfection means to fulfill myself in being all of what I am, being total and whole, being all of me present and manifesting. I think I never felt life in all things, unless it was somewhere between conception and about age two. I have come to think that there is life in all things, and that awareness has been enlivening for me and has helped me feel more one with all resulting in increased compassion for and with all. What helps me include the negative in my conception of the positive is considering and believing that there is no negative and positive in nature, they are only in my perception. There is one nature/reality that I am part of -- some of it I like and some I don't, some I agree with and some I don't, some of which I embrace and some of which I fear, but I know I and it are really all part of the one.
Reading J. Krishnamurti's writing makes me think, inquire and reflect. As I am reading this article questions do arise in my mind. Questions such as why individuality does not have a purpose? Can I have individual existence without having separation between my individual existence and another person's individual existence? Can I relate to the other person's individual existence harmoniously while we both respectfully accept our differences? These are not idle philosophical questions. I face them almost everyday. I keep an open mind and really listen to the other person as an individual.
My individual existence has a purpose that is to create unity or harmony within my different voices within me and with another individual' existence. It s like being in a concert with different players and instruments creating concord and harmony. Or it is like a rainbow with seven different colors and merging into each other creating unity or oneness.
I know from my own experience that this is the truth that creates positive energy, joy, excitement and peace. Realizing this truth is an ongoing challenging journey for me and I am happy to work on it. patiently. Yesterday, I had an exiting and delightful conversation with my friend talking about what is true education and what is the essence of human nature. When we talk about my premise on basic human nature quite different from his premise on human nature, dark clouds of friction started building up up. We are good friends and have great long standing relationship. Both of us took deep breaths to create a space to mindfully respond and not to react. This helped us to be open to each other and relate to each other compassionately. Such experiences have been very helpful to me in building bridges to help us remain connected with each other. Such a way of working on individuality opens the door to experiencing oneness. I know this is an ongoing journey. I have patience and determination to walk on this way.
May we remain open minded and open hearted to flourish the richness of our individual existence and live harmoniously.
Jagdish P Dave