One Who Knows

One who knows is like a fish who swims around its tank and thinks it’s swam around the universe, like a blind man who claims to see all the colors in a rainbow but sees only darkness, like a man who puts a number on infinite and an end point on a circle.

Nature's Lesson

Before we help someone we ask what can they give us, how can we be repaid? But what if the sun ceased shining and stopped heating our planet because we didn’t love it in return? What if the wind stopped blowing and providing us with energy because we missed a payment? What if the rain stopped pouring and watering our crops because we couldn’t advance its career? What if the oceans stopped flowing and providing us with drink because we were poor and had nothing to give back? What if the trees stopped releasing oxygen and cut off our air supply because we did something they didn’t like?

“What if” is not “what is”, and “what is” is the sun, wind, and rain help humanity and ask for nothing in return. We pollute the ocean and destroy the forests, but still the ocean and trees take care of us. Every day nature is teaching us simplicity, showing us love, telling us without telling that true love needs no reciprocation, true giving needs no return, and true being is universal harmony.

Gaining the World

One can spend a lifetime trying to change the world and gain nothing; one can spend a day trying to change oneself and gain the world.

The Propaganda of Without, The Truth of Within

We believe the more money we have the happier we’ll be; we believe that the right person will complete us, will cure the emptiness inside, will make life worth living; that the right set of beliefs, the right home, the right community, the right children, the right family, will make us happy and fulfilled. This is the propaganda of the ignorant, the belief of the confused. Nothing outside ourselves will ever make us feel truly fulfilled, truly happy. True happiness can only come from the self, from an inner self-fulfillment.

It is not the man or woman who possesses all the flowers in the world who is happy, it is the man or woman who feels a connection to all the world’s flowers, who sees possession as a barrier and knowledge as a hindrance. Money can make living easier, but it cannot make one live. A partner can make us feel less lonely, but they cannot make us less alone.

We search the whole world for our happiness, we climb the highest mountains, cross the largest oceans, all the while happiness rests within us, waiting for us to climb the mountain of our mind, to cross the ocean of our heart.