Faith!

This post is partially from the comments section of another post.

“You can’t use your moral compass to asses [sic] enlightened sages.” But, that does beg the question: how do you know whether or not someone is an enlightened sage?

You don’t. Only an enlightened sage knows another(Actually, there are no ‘others’ for a sage). But he doesn’t need to; because for him Self alone remains. Everyone and everything is enlightenment/awareness/bramh.

Who wants to know whether someone is enlightened or not?

Only a seeker.

Why?

To follow someone or to convince himself that enlightenment does exist. Like all other questions this one(whether X is/was enlightened or not?) is also futile.

All questions are mind playing tricks on you.

What to do? Follow anyone. You might follow a sage from past or present. Doesn’t matter much(unless there is evident exploitation!) Your sincerity and faith take you to the goal. Your inner Guru is already with you all the times. The point in question was from my viewpoint(concerning Bhakti Yoga-Yoga of devotion)–I feel sages and avatars are to be followed and not questioned. If you can’t–then move on–follow nobody in particular.

Without faith no progress can be made. If you say you don’t follow anyone living or dead you’re merely misleading yourself and others as far as spirituality is concerned because every little thing no matter how trivial it seems comes from a Guru living or dead. The inner Self is the highest Guru who keeps guiding you every moment until you two are one.

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Bliss of Forgetfulness!

Infants are naturally drawn to some things and sometimes it seems they’re willing to do anything for those things which grab their attention but this preoccupation is temporary(though not superficial.) Something else comes along and holds their attention and then they forget the previous thing which seemed like the thing of utmost importance for them. Most kids below five years of age  seem permanently happy. They’re helpless on many accounts and cry so often for so many things. They throw temper tantrums on parents, siblings and relatives which looks cunning to some of us  but actually they are using the only tool available to fulfil  their needs. The fear is merely for the protection of the organism  and worries are absent in them.

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A Zen Story and The Green Mile!

A Zen Story: Is That So?
A beautiful girl in the village was pregnant. Her angry parents demanded to know who was the father. At first resistant to confess, the anxious and embarrassed girl finally pointed to Hakuin, the Zen master whom everyone previously revered for living such a pure life. When the outraged parents confronted Hakuin with their daughter’s accusation, he simply replied
“Is that so?”
When the child was born, the parents brought it to the Hakuin, who now was viewed as a pariah by the whole village. They demanded that he take care of the child since it was his responsibility.
“Is that so?”
Hakuin said calmly as he accepted the child.
For many months he took very good care of the child until the daughter could no longer withstand the lie she had told. She confessed that the real father was a young man in the village whom she had tried to protect. The parents immediately went to Hakuin to see if he would return the baby. With profuse apologies they explained what had happened.
 “Is that so?”
Hakuin said as he handed them the child.
The Green Mile
 I enjoyed watching The Green Mile. The name of the film actually suggests an area for the execution of condemned prisoners, because, they are supposedly walking their last mile before death. This last mile is called The Green Mile. Tom Hanks has portrayed the role of an execution officer very well . The movie is an adaptation  of a Stephen King novel of the same name. I feel that this is one of the best Stephen King stories along with Dolores Claiborne and The Shining.  In my opinion: this is a story of a sage. Though the story is narrated by  Paul (Tom Hanks), the central figure of the story seems to be the sage(John-the healer).
In spite of having been convicted, he comes up with no defense. It shows that he has surrendered completely to the life. He lives in acceptance of what is. Like the sage in the  zen story above  he is very stoical. Moreover, he is a healer and in order to heal others he bears immense pain himself and finally accepts the death which is not really justified in any way. He is immensely sensitive towards the pain of others and in-spite of having devoted all his energies in healing others he demands nothing in return. Like the Bodhisattva of the Buddhist Jataka tales, he is immensely aware of the suffering in the world but being extremely sensitive he is unable to bear the pain anymore and hence prefers death over escape. Nothing has been told about the life of the sage, there is no background information on him. But his compassion overwhelms me.
This film is highly recommended.
[ Written in July, 2010; edited and republished: July 2015]
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