“OMG” is a common phrase we hear often in the course of the day. In fact, it is now almost an automatic reaction to unexpected excitement, tragedy, disbelief or frustration. What danger lies in the use of this phrase? The story of the boy who cried wolf comes to mind. The villagers came running out as they heard the boy cry “wolf” only to meet him laughing. They warned him only to cry “wolf” when there was actually a wolf. Once again, the boy cried “wolf”- once again the villagers came running and there was no wolf. The third time, there was actually a wolf- the boy cried “wolf…wolf,” this time no one came.
In this case, the boy’s crying was of no value anymore so the villagers paid no attention to him. His words were meaningless for he played around with what he should take seriously. It is the same with the word, “God” – through this word and the concept behind the word; one can gain connection to The Creator of the universe in his most pressing hour of need. The power behind this word is unmistakably evident to him who uses it only in deep reverence. If this word loses its value through toying around with it, one can no longer gain a connection to the Source of all goodness through this word. It then becomes an empty sound lacking any power.
Let The Spirit Lead
Rê was the invisible master and guide of Nebenteru, Pharaoh of Egypt. Rê’s sagacity was unmatched by that of any mortal but he lacked love. He was cunning and expected servitude from those he gave advice. Nebenteru was very well aware of Rê’s cunning nature but he enjoyed the renown which his obedience to Rê brought him.
He decided he would acknowledge Rê as the overlord of Egypt, relying on his cleverness to rule the nation as Pharaoh but retain his independence as his own master. “I don’t belong to Rê, I arrange my personal life according to my own desires and inclinations; you must learn to draw the line against Rê’s influence over you,” he often told his son.
After many years, Nebenteru became ill and lay on his death bed. Rê appeared by his bed side looking down on him with a derisive smile. “Away with you Rê, you have no business here. I don’t belong to you; I always held the reins of my destiny using my intellect as my guide. I am my own master,” said the dying Pharaoh.
“You fool, who do you think guides your intellect? Every decision you made both as Sovereign of Egypt and as a man were subject to my influence over you through your intellect. You really think you could make use of me and just push me aside as you please; you must think you are cleverer than I? The stronger your belief in your freedom was, the firmer was my hold over you.”
We too often think that we are our own master. Upon honest reflection, one realizes that most of our decisions are greatly influenced by external factors- whether it be the desire to be admired, fame, money, status, etc. True freedom cannot be found where the intellect dominates; it exists only where the intellect is guided by the Spirit.
What can I get? – Here the intellect dominates How can I serve? Here the intellect is guided by the spirit
“No one is more a slave than the one who thinks he is free without being free”
~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
*Inspired from an Account of The Life of Nemare
Looking Outward For Answers That Lie Within
Needing some money to catch a cab to a party, Sarah stops by a Bank of America ATM. She inserts her card and enters her personal identification number. Incorrect PIN flashes on the screen; she thinks… what is my PIN again? I know it begins with 1986, my year of birth, but what are the last two numbers? She tries 198605 but gets the same incorrect PIN message.
The line behind her is getting restless and in her panic she turns to the gentleman next in line behind her, a complete stranger, for his help with her PIN. The stranger pulls her aside and kindly tells her, “Nobody here can help you with your PIN. If you cannot remember it, call Bank of America and they will remind you of the numbers.”
Sarah’s question seems silly but is it any different from looking to others for direction regarding one’s life purpose? A person can ask his well accomplished neighbor about how he discovered his life’s purpose but anything more will be of no avail to him. Only within each person lies the answer to this question. Earnestly searching within for the abilities slumbering there is the only way. When in need of a reminder, we can humbly look upwards to HIM who placed the abilities within each one of us.