OUR COMMON JOURNEY – THE WAY – VARIOUS APPROACHES
These are some of the best advices about the Journey:
Friend, this is the only way the secret way to learn: ignore
the paths of others, even the saints’ steep trails.
Don’t follow, don’t journey at all.
Don’t journey at all?
Well, where could we possibly go when our true destination is WITHIN US?
He means not to journey outside ourselves.
We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing
in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity.
Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
The road you must take has no particular name.
It is the one made of your own sighing
and letting go.
The road your self must journey on lies in polishing
the mirror of your heart.
How much have you already polished it?
Once you realise that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road,
to be a task and becomes natural and simple,
in itself an ecstasy.
You know how it is: sometimes
we plan a trip to one place
but something takes us to another.
This is how you came here, like nameless star.
Journey across the night sky with
those anonymous lights.
How will you journey across the night sky?
What do those anonymous lights tell you?
Are you listening to them?
If not, why not?
Rumi adds that:
Go on a journey from self to self, my friend…such a journey
transforms the earth into a mine of gold.
Keep in mind that It is often when we feel so lost and are no longer sure about anything, perhaps even afraid of going mad
that we have begun our real Journey.
You could not in your travels find the source or destination of the soul,
Where do you search for it?
Don’t be deceived.
In the path of life and of death we must walk alone; it is a journey
during which knowledge, experience and memory
cannot offer any comfort.
. . . no part of the journey is wasted.
Once you recognize within yourself a hunger for something more than just continuing, once you taste even the possibility of touching the meaning enfolded in your life, you can never be completely content with just going through the motions.
There is no going back….
The wisdom touched in moments of real intimacy penetrates the soul
with knowledge of who and what we are.
It transforms us.
No sorrow exists for one who has completed his journey,
who has let fall all cares, who is free in all his parts,
who has cast off all bonds.
Those who are heedful strive always and, like swans leaving their lakes, leave one home after another.
A Sufi aphorism:
Your Journey is towards your Native Land.
Remember that you are traveling in the world of appearances
towards the World of Reality.
How often, or not often, do you remember it?
You cannot travel home, for you are already there
but unaware of it.
Like this,a journey is born and completed only when the dream
“I am a person” is over. Understanding this – Awake!
As the sleepless Self.
Sri Aurobindo has the last word:
Something there is in us fears not the night beyond,
But breathless sails, unanchored, without helm,
Where mind and senses fail. Our naked soul
Can journey to the farther unshaped void
Where nothing is except ourselves, arrive, hold on,
Not shake, not ask return. Who accepts at last
His limit save the beast and plant and clod?