Over a thousand years ago a certain spiritual master carried, perhaps in one of the most profound channels that any one has done so in the history of spirituality, many of the principles and hazards we all face in our everyday and spiritual life-times by famously declaring that‘ the sea takes the shape of the container that contains it’. Deep reflections on this statement will no doubt producing ever deeper understandings for each of us and its applicability in numerous arenas, like the individual’s spiritual excursion, or even our physical animations, 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 figurative reference to a receptacle or the correspond receptivity of a person towards an issue, letter, mixture, or lore. So for example, if the container happens to be made of red glass, then the sea inside will appear to be red, which has nothing to do with the real color of spray 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 see, which has nothing to do with reality. There are often many the resources of such misconceptions, like for example racial and social faiths, such as dogma and superstitions that pigment current realities behind comments and observations or events of a person.
It’s accurately these filters that often act as barriers to understanding people’s knows, which then can become obstacles in convey its own experience to others , no matter the source of the experiences. In order 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 handles their experimentations in a sterile laboratory, the seeker must initially clear their mind-set from all beliefs and dogma. As in this analogy, the lab for spiritual know-hows is the physical body of the seeker, and the appreciations used for such observations are both the internal, and the outer ability of the person. Where the inner senses are a reference to the ability of the philosophical magnitude of each person that are activated during spiritual utilizations, like penetrating meditation.
Otherwise, the experiences of the seeker can be colored, just as the colored glass shades the liquid it contains. Thus, the reality that is the basis of a seeker’s knowledge, even though it is in actuality their genuine Self, can be covered and misjudged. This is an issue that is often faced by all seekers who want to the comparative analysis of the spiritual knows of different practitioners from different itineraries. As even if they are the spiritual travel, irrespective of the move, has the same point of departure, end, and many common way-stations, often when the seeker comes to describe their experiences, they tend to give it a colour based on their culture, social or even religious background. That often has nothing to do with the essence of its own experience, which inevitably is a personal encounter with the different layers of their own consciousness or the phenomena that sacrifices each person their eventual sense of awareness, which is commonly referred to as the soul.
The jaunt is limitless
The other characteristic of the above-mentioned phrase that needs to be examined, is the capacity of the receptacle. 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 passage. Nonetheless, what tends to happen is that a seeker originates judgements on their experiences, based on the capacity of their flairs, or based on the way-station they have arrived at. Not realised that each seeker’s journey is an endless journey, and thus every observation , no matter the depot from which the seeker is constituting it, is always a relative see. All of us, regardless of our degrees, are exploring the infinite. And thus even during the advanced places of the travel, where the droop representing our individual consciousness is connected to the ocean of the Universal Consciousness, it nevertheless always remains the experience of a drop in relation to an infinite ocean.
Faced with this realty, the seeker’s merely path forward is through their inner humility, and realization that no matter what their tier, there are always others who are further along the direction, thus making absolute notes about a relative ordeal will only lead to a perilous detour. For as Jesus famously said to his apostles:’ The greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever praises himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself are likely to be praised. ’( Matthew 23:10 -1 2)
Therefore, all spiritual seekers need to learn from these careful paroles by becoming aware of their intrinsic relativity and standing humble while they continue their inner journey. By keeping their modesty and continuing their journey they will realize the actual capacity of their vessel also increases due to divine mercy. All of which should be viewed as the necessitates by which the Higher Consciousness encourages each seeker to maintain their journey.
The point of Unity
Another important aspect of the term that needs to be examined is the water itself. Which by definition is a formless, transparent essence. This part of the phrase is a symbolic reference to the reality of our own center, which is an invisible, formless reality. Therefore, the only way to understand this reality and know-how it is it to move beyond our worldly obsession with patterns like gender, hasten, creed etc. For as long as each of us are obsessed by use, we fail to understand and recognize the underlying Unity that is running through each of us, and really the whole universe. Thus, as a seeker we must not only seek to experience this reality, but likewise help to act as a connect to our society by lowering hurdles that came as a result of the over emphasis, or misappropriation of forms such as gender, scoot, 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 hindrances through our efforts.
As all seekers who have realise their own essence inevitably have a true-blue respect for the whole creation based on the Unity that they encounter 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 famed 13 th century Sufi master famously said 😛 TAGEND
Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one quintessence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy would be maintained. If you have no sympathy for human sorenes, The word of human being you cannot retain.
Saadi’s commands are not only based on his own its own experience of the above-mentioned Unity, but too his personal appreciation of it through his own personal experiences. That is why this song has very fittingly been placed within the hallways of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.
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