The Fool and the Wise Man

“If a traveler does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship with a fool. ‘These sons belong to me, and this wealth belongs to me,’ with such thoughts a fool is tormented. He himself does not belong to himself; how much less sons and wealth? The fool who knows his foolishness, is wise at least so far. But a fool who thinks himself wise, he is called a fool indeed. If a fool be associated with a wise man even all his life, he will perceive the truth as little as a spoon perceives the taste of soup. If an intelligent man be associated for one minute only with a wise man, he will soon perceive the truth, as the tongue perceives the taste of soup. Fools of poor understanding have themselves for their greatest enemies, for they do evil deeds which bear bitter fruit.” ~The Dhammapada

Joker Harlequin CardThe Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha. Since they were said to various people at different times and in different places and later assembled into sections by subject, they read oddly, yet contain much wisdom. Note that for formatting purposes, I have strung together several of these sayings on the Fool into a single paragraph. In the book, they are separated.

The first saying tells us that the traveler should avoid the companionship of a fool. But if you think about it, when you are traveling and come upon a stranger, you don’t know if he is a fool, a crook, or some other undesirable type. So I believe that what the Buddha is talking about is not an ordinary journey from town to town, but the great journey on the Path of Enlightenment. While it is unlikely to harm you in any way to travel with a fool from one town to another, trying to achieve enlightenment while traveling that path with a fool will almost certainly hold you back. Of course, how much it hold you back depends on how much of a fool he is, and what sort of fool. If he is simply the type of fool who is easily misled or distracted, that may not hinder your journey that much. On the other hand, if the fool is a phony spiritual teacher, following his advise will greatly hinder your spiritual growth. That is why it is always smart to work with a good spiritual teacher, spiritual school, and spiritual community. Continue reading “The Fool and the Wise Man”

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Once Awakened

“I am at peace when awakened to communion with my God. I am joyful when enthroned in consciousness and when endowed with wisdom and vision transcending that of Earth. I delight in communion with the great sphere with which I am akin. … I am your own true self. … Those who dwell in the darkness of delusion cannot know me, and to them is lost the greatest glory of life. All conceptions of beauty, love and kindness are due to the consciousness residing in me. … I am not born, nor will I ever die. Once awakened to an existence in consciousness, I can never become nothingness. … O call me forth; awaken me from sleep with the kiss bestowing conscious life.” ~The Kolbrin Bible GLN:17:11-14

Das Feuer Ritual - Burning awakeningTo be truly awakened and conscious, mentally and spiritually, is the greatest gift we could receive, the greatest thing we could possibly achieve, yet only a few bother to even try. There are many reasons for this. First, a lot of people simple don’t believe they have faculties, specifically a spirit and soul, that are dormant, sleeping. They think that if they had such thing,surely they would be awake. Other believe those spiritual faculties will awaken on their own when the physical body dies and there is nothing they need to do to make it happen. And the third major group simply refuses to accept the existence of anything beyond the material no matter how much evidence is presented to them. Continue reading “Once Awakened”

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