I feel bad for the young man killed recently by a shark and for his family, yet, while it seems callous of me to say so, it appears that this was one of the most direct cases of karma at work that I have ever seen. The pictures of this guy that appeared on the news made it obvious that he was a sports fisherman, and not the type to engage in catch-and-release. He appears in the photographs always holding up a large fish he has caught, while other dead fish lay around his feet. He killed fish for fun, not food, and a fish killed him. Karma. “Remember you are free to choose your path in life, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice!” ~Mary Anne Potter
I wonder sometimes if time seems different to different species. For example, does an hour seem like a long time to a fruit fly that only live a day or two, while it seem like a quick flash to an animal or plant that lives hundreds of years? After all, I would thing that a kiddie swimming pool would seem like an ocean to a mosquito, but like a drinking bowl to an elephant, so why shouldn’t time work the same way?
“Here from the heart wordless mysteries! Understand what can be understood! In mans stone-dark heart there burns a fire That burns all veils to their root and foundation. When the veils are burned away, the heart will understand completely… Ancient love will unfold ever-fresh forms In the heart of the Spirit, in the core of the heart.” ~Rumi
Knowledge is twofold, lower and higher. Realize the Self; for all else is lower. Realization is rice; all else is chaff.
There is two kinds of knowledge, intelligence, or information: the lower, or mundane, which is knowledge of the material world, and higher knowledge, Gnosis, which is about the worlds of spirit. And, since the material brain and mind can only have a superficial understanding of spiritual things, awakening our true Self, our spiritual Self is necessary in order to truly understand the spiritual universe. Those who have a great deal of intelligence; knowledge of the material worlds, often think they know all, or at least all they matters, but material knowledge is the tip of the iceburg when compared to the vast knowledge of the spiritual.
“If we are caught in moods that are drab, our eyes have little chance of seeing color. Even now, [Blue]Jay and Cardinal can stir us with their blues and reds if we have the heart to see them.” ~from the book A Cherokee Feast of Days by Joyce Sequichie
Depressed people often cannot understand how other people can be happy. They look around and see only depressing things, gray things. They see death and disease. The see theft and violence. They look at a rose bush in full bloom and, instead of seeing beautiful, colorful flowers and smelling their sweet perfume, they see nothing but some dead worms on the ground under the rose bush. They look at a laughing baby and, instead of being filled with joy at his potential, they see only someone contributing to overpopulation, someone who will suffer from illnesses and probably be sent off to fight in a war, someone who is likely to commit crimes against other people.
All those things are real, of course, but so is the positive side. That happy baby may grow up to cure a deadly disease, or help solve a hunger crisis, or bring peace to warring nations. Those too are possibilities, but the depressed, pessimistic person doesn’t see them.
So, if you find yourself being one of those who can only see the gray, make an effort to get out and see the blue of the jay and the red of the cardinal. See the good in the world, and not just the bad.
And if you have a friend who has a depressed, pessimistic outlook, help that person to lift his eyes and see the rose, see the dandelion as a flower and not just as a weed, and see the laughing baby as a potential savior, not just a potential criminal.