Despite my post on romanticism the thread running through this week is one of complacency, general idleness, and of still harbouring ideas about how you will use the Warrior's Path to fulfil YOUR desires, as opposed to unfolding your FATE! There is a huge big difference between running around in dizzy circles THINKING you are working hard at dismantling your view of the world, as opposed to acquiring a real FEELING about what is implied in truly dismantling your view of the world! True learning can ONLY be achieved within the QUIETNESS OF LIFE, and NOT in the FRENETIC machinations of the MIND!
Anything of VALUE requires a great deal of HARD work and focused COMMITMENT! And most especially the acquisition of KNOWLEDGE/POWER!
To impart a feeling for the above I share with you a little tale from the East!
With much warmth,
A young man came to a sage one day and asked, "Sire, what must I do to become wise?" The sage vouchsafed no answer. The youth after repeating his question a number of times, with a like result, at last left him, to return the next day with the same question. Again no answer was given and the youth returned on the third day, still repeating his question, "Sire, what must I do to become wise?"
Finally the sage turned and went down to a near-by river. He entered the water, bidding the youth follow him. Arriving at a sufficient depth the sage took the young man by the shoulders and held him under the water, despite his struggles to free himself. At last, however, he released him and when the youth had regained his breath the sage questioned him: "Son, when you were under the water what did you most desire?" The youth answered without hesitation, "Air, air! I wanted air!" "Would you not rather have had RICHES, PLEASURE, POWER or LOVE, my son? Did you not think of any of these?" queried the sage. "No, sire! I wanted air and thought only of air," came the instant response. "Then," said the sage, "to become wise you must desire wisdom with as great an intensity as you just now desired air. You must struggle for it, to the exclusion of every other aim in life. It must become your one and only aspiration, by day and by night. If you seek wisdom with that fervor, my son, you will surely become wise."