Over a thousand years ago a certain spiritual captain carried, perhaps in one of the most profound actions that any one has done so in the history of spirituality, many of the principles and drawbacks we all face in our everyday and spiritual livings by famously declaring that‘ the water takes the shape of the receptacle that contains it’. Deep reflections on this statement will no doubt accompanying ever deeper understandings for each of us and its applicability in countless circles, like the individual’s spiritual journeying, or even our physical life-times, and how we relate to one another or the outside world.
Unravelling the marks
The container in this statement can be thought of as a symbolic reference to a crate or the corresponding receptivity of a person towards such issues, theme, mixture, or lore. So for example, if the container happens to be made of red glass, then the ocean inside will appear to be red, which “ve got nothing” to do with the real color of sea which is a transparent colorless liquid. This’ coloring of water’, can be viewed as a figurative reference to the many misconceptions and preconceptions that exist in the mind of the commentator, which “ve got nothing” to do with reality. There are often countless sources of such fallacies, like for example ethnic and social creeds, such as dogma and superstitions that color the reality behind comments and observations or knowledge of a person.
It’s accurately these filters that often act as barriers to understanding people’s knowledge, which then can become obstacles in communicate their experiences to others , no matter the source of its own experience. In order to better for a spiritual seeker to become clear of these filters, the seeker needs to evolve to the level of a gnostic rational scientist. In the sense that, just as a scientist deports their ventures in a infertile laboratory, the seeker must initially clear their mind-set from all superstitions and creed. As in this analogy, the laboratory for spiritual events is the physical body of the seeker, and the smells used for such observations are both the internal, and the outer senses of the person. Where the inner senses are a reference to the ability of the theoretical magnitude of each person that are activated during spiritual exercises, like late meditation.
Otherwise, the experiences of the seeker can be colored, just as the colored glass complexions the irrigate it contains. Thus, the reality that is the basis of a seeker’s suffers, even though it is in actuality their true Self, can be covered and misread. This is an issue that is often faced by all seekers who are interested in the comparative analysis of the spiritual ordeals of various types of practitioners from different moves. As even if they are the spiritual jaunt, regardless of the itinerary, has the same point of departure, destination, and many common way-stations, often when the seeker comes to describe their experiences, they tend to give it a color based on their culture, social or even religious background. That often has nothing to do with the essence of their experience, which inevitably is a personal encounter with the different blankets of their own consciousness or the phenomena that holds every person their eventual appreciation of awareness, which is commonly referred to as the soul.
The wander is perpetual
The other aspect of the above-mentioned phrase that needs to be examined, is the capacity of the container. As the receptacle in question is also a symbolic representation of the unique physical and metaphysical aptitudes which we all possess as human beings. Some of which are waiting to be discovered as a result of a person’s spiritual outing. Nonetheless, what tends to happen is that a seeker constructs judgements on their experiences, based on the capacity of their aptitudes, or based on the way-station they have arrived at. Not realised that each seeker’s journey is an endless journey, and thus every finding , no matter the terminal from which the seeker is constituting it, is still in relative observation. All of us, regardless of our status, are exploring the infinite. And thus even during the advanced stages of the journey, where the fell representing our individual consciousness is connected to the ocean of the Universal Consciousness, it nevertheless ever remains the experience of a drop in relation to an infinite ocean.
Faced with this realty, the seeker’s simply way forward is through their inner humility, and realization that no matter what their position, there are always others who are further along the path, thus making absolute notes about a relative experience will exclusively has contributed to a hazardous detour. For as Jesus famously said to his apostles:’ The greatest among “youve been” your slave. Whoever praises himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. ’( Matthew 23:10 -1 2)
Therefore, all spiritual seekers need to learn from these shrewd words by becoming aware of their inherent relativity and remaining humble while they continue their inner journey. By keeping their modesty and continuing their journey they will realize the actual capacity of their container also increases due to divine mercy. All of which should be viewed as the makes by which the Higher Consciousness promotes each seeker to maintain their journey.
The degree of Unity
Another important aspect of the word that needs to be examined is the water itself. Which by definition is a formless, transparent essence. This part of the word is a figurative reference to the reality of our own center, which is an invisible, formless reality. Therefore, the only way to understand this reality and know it is it to move beyond our worldly obsession with models like gender, hasten, creed etc. For as long as each of us are preoccupied by assemble, we fail to understand and revalue the underlying Unity that is running through each of us, and surely the whole universe. Thus, as a seeker we must not only seek to experience this reality, but likewise help to act as a connection to our society by lowering barricades that came as a result of the over emphasis, or misuse of constitutes such as gender, race, and etc. We do this through sympathy and empathy, whilst at the same time trying to act as a positive fulcrum for equal opportunities that help to reduce these impediments through our efforts.
As all seekers who have realise their own essence invariably have a true respect for the whole creation based on the Unity that they meet underlying the whole universe. Furthermore, it is the level of manifestation of this Reality within each form, that this Reality uses to express itself, that is the basis of their respect. For as Saadi the prominent 13 th century Sufi master famously said 😛 TAGEND
Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other representatives uneasy would be maintained. If you have no sympathy for human hurting, The reputation of human being you cannot retain.
Saadi’s texts are not only based on his own personal experience of the above-mentioned Unity, but too his personal appreciation of it through his own personal experiences. That is why this poem has awfully fittingly been placed within the corridors of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.
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