A route or course along which something moves. Also defined as a route or way between one place and another
In our lives we are all moving along certain paths- to move from where we are to the destination. Our destinations are our goals.
Why is a path important ?
A course in miracles says – Well. How can one be sincere and say, “I want this above all else, and yet I do not want to learn the means to get it”?
So also; once you have a yearning for something you have to learn the means to get it … Finding the path becomes one of the key lessons to learn. It is the means to achieve what we sincerely desire.
Each one has to eventually find his own path- This is life’s realization for each one. A guide, guru, adviser or a consultant can provide a map. The map is marked with certain steps that work for the guru or guide. The map can be specific on how to reach a particular place, experience something or just point out the general direction. These basic steps are then to be experienced and evaluated by each one according to their own mindset. Even with a map in their minds some may go around in circles or find the shortest path of their own. This is due to present conditioning and the previous baggage one is carrying. The journey is more challenging when the destination is within one’s own self. We have to travel to the core of our beings, to the innermost depth of our minds to experience what it means to us.
About my Path – This here is one of the small journey that opened up a world of possibilities. It is my direct experience of what Paul Brunton talks about in his book “the short path to enlightenment”
The book A short path to Enlightenment by Paul Brunton is life’s gift to me. Having been on the path when i came across something very challenging, a principle that questioned all the efforts made so far –i was stumped. It’s precisely at such times that intuitions work I suppose – because it happened to me. I had read and understood intellectually that the short path is the quickest and most direct path to the source. Yet the question that kept popping up was “what does this mean to me? How can I experience this?
For sometime I thought about it and eventually let it go. One of the ways insights work are when you give up, let go and forget all about what you want. The answer to your questions are given to you. In a way they just present themselves.
It’s interesting that life should give me a practical demonstration of the book the short path to enlightenment. It manifested to me in the form of daily morning walk.
During the time when I was going through the phase of experiencing what the short path could mean to me I I continued to explore the route of my morning walks. The peak experience of my morning walks is the time I spend in a beautiful garden with a lake. It is tranquil and full of life itself. So one of my constant endeavors or wish has been to find the shortest route to the garden from my house.
Every other week I would find a new path .. walk the path and time it and evaluate – Did this path get me to the garden any earlier? Was I able to spend more time in the garden? This went on for weeks. All through this time my intense desire to spend more and more time in the garden never flagged down. The intensity kept growing. I used maps, old guides and tried the routes mentioned in the maps. Sometimes there were no roads even though the maps showed the roads to exist. There were times when the path was blocked and I had to take a diversion. This then meant I spent less time at the source. Sometimes the path led me away from the garden and I had to return unable to get to the garden at all.. There did occur moments of frustration when the routes were blocked, non existent, or needed diversion or correction. Yet I did not loose my interest. Knowing all the different routes, diversions, blocks was itself a small adventure & learning of that week.
Finally one fine day after all the trials, errors, adventure I found the shortest route. Rather I was led, so to say by the shortest route to the garden. This was the most optimum route with the quickest time and gave me the opportunity to spend the maximum time in the garden. That moment when I realized that this is the quickest path was an Aha moment … More importantly was the deep realization of how it connected with my questions I had about the book. It pointed me to the core message of the book for me. The Source already exists. Once I have glimpsed it I just have to remember it constantly. If I have intense desire to experience it, it will find me through its grace. Living fully in the present moment was one of the key practices which led me to this deep, fulfilling experience that is finding the shortest route to the garden.
This small shower of grace presents me with the irrefutable proof that a quiet mind is blessed with insights. These insights work and the purpose of the journey gets clearer and can be experienced as tangible reality. I can see that the purpose is to live & abide in that stillness constantly…
So here is wishing the best to all those who are on their own short paths towards a specific purpose. May all Beings be happy