”Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.” – Buddha
This universe, and the scope of power, intelligence, and love that went into its creation, can often strike us with wonder when we pause to think about it. There is so much that is beautiful here, and the sometimes exquisite sweetness of our many wanderings in this human adventure is tempered only by our sense of loss, of suffering, of loneliness.
We are often soothed by remembering that there is a pattern to our trials. There are lessons to be learned in all of them, and we have not been left without guides. The Divine is, in so many ways, through so many realized souls and other faithful representatives such as the great scriptures and spiritual traditions of the world, reaching out to all of us. Our interactions with others and with the obstacles we encounter teach us valuable truths about life and about ourselves. With the right attitude, we can harvest innumerable riches of wisdom and experience from every circumstance we find ourselves in. As our sincere seeking takes us even further, a symphony of Divine orchestration will lead us to the teacher or teachers that can usher our questing souls into a transformational journey, ultimately ending on the platform of eternal happiness.
“The Vedic scriptures and the ācāryas, or saintly teachers, are compared to expert boatmen, and the facilities of the human body are compared to favorable breezes that help the boat ply smoothly to its desired destination.” – Sri Isopanisad