Reading books is a way to calm myself and dwell in a world of my own. A place where everything is possible and can be accomplished with ease. Its also a way of clearing one’s mind at times and focus on the necessary.
Recently started with Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I have this habit of noting down a few verses that I like. This is one such, loved it, so thought of sharing it.
Androgynous human figure
So when the old man asked me in person what I really wanted, I found other, truer words.
“I want to have a lasting experience of God,” I told him. “Sometimes I feel like I understand the divinity of this world, but then I lose it because I get distracted by my petty desires and fears. I want to be with God all the time. But I don’t want to be a monk, or totally give up worldly pleasures. I guess what I want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights,but also devote myself to God.”
Ketut said he could answer my question with a picture. He showed me a sketch he’d drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standing up, hands clasped in prayer. But this figure had four legs, and no head. Where the head should have been, there was only a wild foliage of ferns and flowers. There was a small, smiling face drawn over the heart.
“To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” Testing moments come and go, the same with focus most of the times.