One of the books I have with me on this journey, besides my alltime favorite “The Alchemist”, is “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra.
In fact, I have it with me twice, once on the Kindle and my kind of outworn original, signed by Deepak, that I have been carrying with me and reading several times since about 1998 (or maybe even longer).
On one of the first pages, before the actual book even starts, there is a quote from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, about which I have been pondering since I first read about Paulo Coelho’s Quest for the sword:
“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
It is my deep, driving desire, to be on this journey.Thus my will to be here and now, is strong and the hurdles presenting, are being overcome by my will and deed. And still, in many situations I have found that there seems to be more than just my will or my deed involved. There seems to be something drastically bigger in the background involved, weaving the outcome of this journey and my destiny. Or, as Paulo called it, the “whole universe conspires” because I’m following my dream.
There have been some major obstacles in my path, some would probably say, there still are.
But I can’t help but feel the effortless ease quoted in Deepak’s book, when one practices the Law of Detachment; which means, I have the goal to complete this journey, write about it to as many as possible AND hopefully be the one to receive the sword.
But I have detached from the outcome of the journey, I have let it go. I enjoy simply the doing and writing about it. The latter more than anything else.
Something funny is happening since then, since the moment I actively and consciously let it go: not only, the above mentioned weaving of circumstances and people has come in a way, that I cannot ignore it or not see it. But it made me also re-think and re-focus on the true purpose of my life.
As if it’s not enough, it is written black on white in a book that I have read and pondered countless times and have with me on this journey, in my hands this very moment; that finally, as one begins to understand the laws of the universe, you begin to focus on your true purpose in life, which leads to the Law of Dharma.
So, obviously, I am on the way – in a very literal sense – to fulfill my life’s purpose, my Dharma, by pursuing my dream. Is it just in the doing? Just in the step to take, no matter how difficult, that one’s life purpose unfolds? What do you think?
Category: Quest of the Sword