Interesting how Wisdom has often been conjured as a fruit!
Wisdom as something to be plucked (requiring some amount of self effort), chewed (as ‘manan karna’ – pondering over what one has heard and relating it to one’s personal experience), digested and absorbed (‘Nidhi dhaysa’ becoming a part of one’s nature), and of course – as something to be relished!
Wisdom which may give you the bitter truth, if followed, yields sweet results!
So the fruit of wisdom maybe bitter like amla (Indian gooseberry) but later leaves behind a sweetness in the consciousness. I like the amla analogy because who would imagine bitterness to transform to sweetness? But that’s exactly what Wisdom does!
I’ve noticed that the more you listen to wisdom and see that it works (bails you out of messy situations and helps you make sense of the world) the more you get hooked. You begin to realise that wisdom is the gear to manouever in the world. Each situation calls for a change of gear. When things are going smooth you know that you’re on the right gear… when things start getting bumpy… it simply calls for a change of gear, and then you find yourself back on track!
At least that’s how I like to see it!
On this special day of Guru Purnima I’d like to share some of my favourite gyan from my Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
“We are in a world where emotion catches emotion. If some people have an emotion, others catch that emotion. Similarly, wisdom catches wisdom. In the company of wise people, your quality of consciousness also shifts.”
“Wisdom is not information, it is a quality of consciousness that shifts in the mind, and that is bestowed by the Guru Principle, by acknowledging the Guru in life.
“In the presence of the Satguru, knowledge flourishes, sorrow diminishes, joy
wells up for no reason, talents manifest & abundance dawns.
To the degree you feel connected to the Master,these qualities manifest in your life.
Sit with your eyes closed and feel your connection with the Master.”
“Drop this want to be liked by everyone. When you realize that the Divine adores you so much, then you will not need anything else!”
“The best puja, the best form of worship, is to be happy, to be grateful.”
“Abundance is a state of mind within you. If you just look at “lack,” the lack increases in life. See what you have, and then abundance increases.”
“Do not be feverish about success, if your aim is clear and you have patience to move towards it, nature will support you.”
“Recognize & honour your uniquness.”
“What you keep as a secret, grows.”
So on this auspicious day make a special wish and keep it secret….if the intention is pure, benefitting those around you, you will see it manifest very soon!
HAPPY GURU PURNIMA!