The human spirit is too big to stay satisfied within any material cage, however grand
Birds naturally long to fly. Even if kept in a most comfortable cage, they still look for ways to escape into the sky and fly to their hearts’ content.
What applies to birds applies much more to the human spirit, which longs to fly in the infinite sky toward life and love eternal. Something within us calls us to discover whatever exists beyond, in the vast unknown. Since time immemorial, that spirit has drawn humans to adventure: to face ferocious beasts and raging storms, to dive deep into the ocean and rise high into space, to probe inside atoms and inside psyches – seeking that elusive something which will thrill and fill us.
During our normal life, however, we don’t consciously recognize that we are longing for the infinite. Usually, we are driven by our many worldly needs and desires. Yet all such aspirations, even if fulfilled, can’t fulfill us. Being material and finite, they keep us inside the cage.
Unfortunately, though we are frequently dissatisfied, we are rarely dissatisfied enough to look for the infinite. Why? Because materialistic culture allures us with seemingly infinite pathways to pleasure. Allured by those pleasures, we keep seeking forever in a place where nothing lasts forever.
Fortunately, the doors of the material cage open slightly on special moments when we start asking ourselves earnestly: “What really matters?” Such moments can occur when we are about to lose everything we hold dear or when everything that we hold dear is exposed as unfulfilling. Arjuna had such a spiritual eureka moment when he recognized the futility of the conventional path to prosperity and power (Bhagavad-gita 02.07). For one thus awakened, the Gita outlined a time-honored path to the infinite.
The Gita stands ready, inviting us all to unleash our inner adventurer.
Think it over:
- How does adventurousness express the longing of the human spirit?
- Even if dissatisfied with the infinite, why do we not seek the infinite?
- Have you ever had any spiritual eureka moments? Contemplate them so that they can fuel your journey to the infinite.
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