Saturday, October 15, 2005

The spiritual life

Here's another passage from Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das:

The spiritual life has always been a reach for meaning and a search for answers to the two existential questions:"Who am I ?" and "Why am I?" A search for truth , personal authenticity and reality, a search for "what is ", a search for purpose; these are the foundations of the spiritual way. Men and women who are ready to deepen or formally embark on a spiritual journey are typically standing at some kind of emotional crossroad. Often the are grieving over some loss or disappointment - separation from or death of a loved one , a personal crisis, health problems, or an overriding sense that something is wrong or missing. Sometimes they are simply looking for a way to better love the world.
We can choose, you know, to be at a crossroad if we wish. We can simply decide that we will embark upon the authentic spiritual life. We can ask ourselves, "If not now, when?"

1 comment:

  1. Doug Freebern4:41 PM

    I like the term "authentic spiritual life"! To embark, to me, means to continue the spiritual life we are already in, but with awareness, purposefullness and devotion. If we're going to live it, lets live it awake! This is authentic living instead of dreaming. I'm tired of dreams. Reality beckons.

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