Can we all be one hundred percent sure of anything we read in books and hear from our local spiritual guides as to what life is really all about?
And is there every question we carry concerning our own lives and the people we meet and love and the decisions we make been satisfactorily answered?
At some point we may conclude that nothing happens without a reason even though it does not seem to make sense, but we choose to accept this for some peace of mind, or we refuse to unless we can really find another answer.
Somewhere along the road we may feel we don’t need to know, simply because we have grown used to accepting things as they are and we continue on our route hoping for the best.
And then there are those who feel that there must be someone who can help to free us from what torments us the most..the mind. And so we take the journey to find the answer.
For many a century, youth have turned to the East. When we read the life of the Buddha himself, when he was but a young married prince he ran away to try and find the answer and he went to the forests like many others also did.
In the Christian tradition, we read the lives of those who became known as the “Dessert Fathers”, we see the same story of young men and women, fleeing to the dessert, seeking the advice and teachings of the wise ones who lived there and some, becoming hermits and later, teachers,themselves.
First time I went to India, it was really because I was intrigued by the teachings of a master and on invitation, I followed him.
Second time, its because I was sent and I went feeling that everyday, every incident had to be a teaching in itself and so I allowed whatever happened and tried to see what was the teaching.
Over the years I have uncovered some, and some, I have still to learn. I consider myself a student and I will be a student till I die.
In fact, it looks sometimes as though the journey is just begun and other times as though its almost done and I got to live every moment as the last and there’s nothing else to learn.
St. Bonaventure tells us in his Life of St. Francis, that towards the end of his life, Francis would say to the friars, “Let us begin again, brothers. For up till now we have done little or nothing”