The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ~G.K. Chesterton
“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe”……Anatole France
THEY SAY -A PICTURE SPEAKS MORE THAN WORDS.
“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
IN MY PERSONAL BLOG ON TRAVEL I WILL TRY MY BEST TO REFRAIN FROM DOING THE COPY AND PASTE JOB AND USE PICTURES AND A FEW TIPS AND INPUTS FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE DURING THIS FASCINATING TRAVEL JOURNEY.IF YOU SCROLL ACROSS MY PICTURES THAT I HAVE UPLOADED YOU WILL GET HIGHLIGHTED INFORMATION REGARDING THE PICTURE. 🙂
It is so easy to type a spiritual blog.
Just think of something and use our language skill. Between 10-30 minutes we have a blog. In another five minutes, our thoughts are global. Many people are taking it seriously. They are spending time. Many actually change. We get comments. We feel elated with the praise showered on us. The positive feedback seems to give us a halo (the one behind Buddha). Sometimes the blog written by us attracts thousands of readers. Sometimes it makes it to the print edition of “The speaking Tree.”
Congratulations! We are a gyani! We are the knowers. The seers. Everyone thinks what we write is so profound, so sincere.
But then are we happy like the seers used to be? Do we have the peace of a gyani? Do we have the patience of a saint?
If yes, then we are like Guru Nanak who preached what he practiced. If not, then we are charlatans. We need to mean what we write. Otherwise from a spiritual writing, it just becomes a literary piece. If it is so, it should have a disclaimer: We are writing just for writing’s sake. Please don’t take us seriously!
So why was Guru Nanak so different?
There is a story about a woman who brought her child to him.
“Please tell him to stop eating sugar,” she pleaded Nanak. “He takes so much of sugar that he has boils all over his body. Yet he doesn’t leave his bad habit.”
“Please come after a week,’ Nanak told the woman.
When the woman turned up after a week, Guru Nanak told her to come after another week.
This happened for four weeks.
On the fourth week, Guru Nanak turned to the boy and said: “Stop eating sugar, it is not good for you.”
The boy said he wont and bowed his head.
The woman was surprised. She could not contain her curiosity and asked, “Why did you take 4 weeks to say such a simple thing?”
Guru Nanak smiled. I could not say it to him because I too have a sweet tongue. When I indulged in sugar, what right had I to tell the boy to abandon his habit. For three weeks I tried hard to get rid of my habit. Only last week did I succeed….”
This goes to show why true saints are effective. Because they practice what they preach.
Sitting on the chair and just doing a cut paste job of spirituality is easy but will not bring in the change that this community and we desire. It would be great to also practice what we write. Or stop writing. Or write very little. Then your blogs will be powerful and create the change you want to see: first in you and then in others.
All the best to “The Speaking Tree” writers.