So many do not move forward with their lives because they are afraid of what may lie around the corner. This is why so many attain much less than is their potential. The following quote elegantly says it another way.
“Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.” ~ Paul Saffo
Attaining great things in your life begins with a deep inner feeling… an abstract sense, not a well defined road map.
Set your course beyond the horizon of what is clearly visible, and then go there. Fear of the unknown is the next great hurdle of human evolution. No great artist ever knew exactly what a painting would look like before they finished it.
Why spend your life scrounging for crumbs? Your domain is the universe. Enlightenment is not a notion to be put in a shoebox in your closet to be taken out and marveled over only upon occasion. It is what lies just beyond the horizon. Aspire to that. It is your birthright.
Can you see how the following two quotes relate?
“Generosity with strings is not generosity. It is a deal.” – Marya Mannes
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
that’s great, True Generosity and Enthusiasm come from a deeper place, one where the surface (of strings and Failure) do not really touch. getting caught up with the surface does not lead to new horizons as quickly. Thankyou for the reminder Maharshi, Love Todd
Both quotes to me are saying action without expectations.As you have said in class..be great..and being great is simply doing your best to be your best.I do realize what a daunting task it is and I am not really sure how often I hit that mark however back in 2000 I started a shift towards acting without expectations and in result I spend a lot less time operating in disappointment.
Thank you Maharshi..I have never before been this excited about exploring life and (without expectations)I will continue to do so knowing the gift of your guidance is un-measurable.
‘Action without expectations’ … yes. I believe you and I, Michael, put the same meaning to that. However, that notion is often misunderstood. Certainly even the enlightened do have goals, desires, and expectations.
The classic phrase is ‘non attachment to the fruit of desires.’ But we must understand that addresses a deep level of ones being that is one with everything already so can not desire anything since it already has/is it.
On the surface of life, the enlightened do have goals, desires, and expectations. However, as we evolve, we become increasingly flexible. We put something out, see what comes back, and adjust accordingly. In that sense, even on the surface we are not attached to our expectations/desires. Yet we do have them. Only when all this is understood does one begin to understand something about what it means that the enlightened are free of desires.
Continually moving forward 🙂
Be curious to how your desires will manifest within duality…
Don’t dictate… or force them …
Resistance is futile against Natural law.
Awesome stuff Maharishi… Y
our seed was planted many moons ago…
It is great to behold the great harvest…
Eternally grateful for your dharmic unfoldment…
Kicking and taking names is right around the corner… 😉
try playing with the quote…
Never expect a clear view when going a long distance.
Following just what is in clear view will only take you a short distance.
Or:Waiting for a clear view of what is around the corner will keep you waiting for a lifetime.
Or even the Nike:
Go for it!
Beautiful. Love that! My old license plate, GO4IT.
It’s funny that in reading the comments to this blog I realized a mapping in my life to my “on call” job to the expectations of actions and desires.
2 days ago, I have a plan for the day, I get a call to come in right away. The expectations of my day change suddenly. Then 45 minutes later they call and cancel and want to re-schedule for the following day (which already had plans in place) I re-adjust (or tack)
I guess what I’m getting at, the mapping, is that being “on call” for life in general allows me to be ready for anything and not be too disappointed that things were not going as (i) planned. I notice too how much easier it is for me to switch tracks mid stream and not get as flustered or tweaked as I use to.
Thanks Maharshi. Great lesson.
I find this blog very inspiring, especially: “Set your course beyond the horizon of what is clearly visible, and then go there.”
Thanks, Mahrashi, and everyone for your in put, there is a Chinese saying” Try to see things in the view of future, and not pay much attention to the close view”.
Do you have a distinction between Power & Force…? Are they different or one in the same within relativity.
There was a common statement made in a class I am taking… “the force of nature”…
And for some reason this time when I heard this statement it didn’t FEEL right to me.
And I was compelled to attempt to correct the teacher by saying don’t you mean “the power of nature”
My thought pattern was that nature is organized force which is in fact power… I guess the statement implies organization by the “of” but for some reason it didn’t feel right enough to allow me to let it go.
I think it might have just been semantics and my mind tripping over itself in maya but I wanted to see what that resonates in and with you.
Thank you, Maharishi
We have entered arenas that modern thought has no words for. So we create our own terms and our own meaning of certain words in certain contexts. Best to understand first… then find the words that express the understanding. If the arena has yet to have been discovered, new words or old words with new meaning will be necessary.
Too many spend too much time held back by the limitations of current thinking… this includes current words and their meaning.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does is make any sound? Remember that one for middle school?
You are the adults. Yet do you allow current narrow vision to channel your minds? You are free to create… to define… and to redefine. As the world evolves, words and their meaning will change.