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VxPoem ID: 39770

Category:
personal_life

Posted: February 16th. 2011 10:35:21 AM

Views: 501

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by Stewart Bitkoff

Age Group: Adult



Early on in the exchange between student and teacher, it is stressed that spiritual learning is in addition to the responsibilities of ordinary life. Daily, each traveler is made aware that the point of higher knowledge is to produce someone ‘who is part of the world but not of the world.’ The traveler must have a job, join in the daily commerce, have family and friends; yet a part must remain sacred, separate and detached. What is necessary for complete development is an ‘ordinary person’ who burns for something higher. This spiritual burning must be in correct balance with other personality and social factors.

Consequently the traveler is not free from daily responsibility or the trials that befall all of humanity: sickness and loss of loved ones. These experiences are part of life and essential to our human experience. Because of a certain inner orientation: the traveler has an additional way to look at these often troubling aspects of daily life. Often this view is integrating, loving and provides a holistic and more accepting framework.

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We achieve some of our greatest successes when we overcome problems.

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Tears of laughter and sorrow are one; springing from the great reservoir of hope. Both of these tears are a blessing; uniting us in the Beloved’s Love.

Drink deeply from this water. It is the spring of life and will carry us through the many worlds.

* * *

The climb is steep and the road is long. There are many dangers and many joys. Through the journey- what is required is a certain attitude or view that seeks the connecting and liberating factor.

If you are seeking a road that is filled with excitement, strange clothing and exotic friends- this is not the road for you. If you seek the ordinary through which the extra-ordinary manifests: then this road might be for you. Yet are you worthy and capable of the climb?

This is the question that you must ask your heart. The lovers have only one reply.

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Remember, the world has enough hermits and those who wish to run from life. What is required is someone who jumps into the river and saves themselves. In the process, the swimmer is able to pull others from the dangerous currents.

Are you a swimmer? Can you over come the dangerous water? Only by the help and grace of those who have gone before. Heed their example. Familiarize yourself with their teachings.

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This path is the original human development system.
It exists in part to bring about human excellence.

This path is not for everyone. It is for the courageous
And those who burn with love.

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Once there was a man who traveled all the highways in search of Truth. He stopped at every town and inquired. Sometimes the answers he received appeared to be useful and at other times they did not. Sometimes the advice he received was targeted at his worldly life: get a job, marry, have children. Or don’t work, live in a monastery and become a recluse.

Somehow these pieces of advice did not satisfy, so, he kept on searching. One day, as luck would have it, he encountered a wise man who said: the answer lies within. So for years, this traveler with the help of the wise one examined the inner world and came to see these experiences and knowledge as part of the answer.

Slowly he realized: what good is spiritual knowledge if it is not used in the world? So he settled down, found a job, married and raised a family. As he worked, celebrated and worried, he came to see that a truly spiritual life is a life that serves others and is guided by the Unseen Forces. And according to design, he found real knowledge and used this knowledge in the way it was intended.

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Author's Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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