Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Selflessness - A Gauge Of True Spirituality
Do we have the "give" mentality or the "get" mentality? The answer to this question determines who we are spiritually.
Man by nature is used to have the "get" mentality because of the instinct of self preservation. To him, success means how much he can "get" out of life, and how he can minimize what he "gives" to others.
But as far is spirituality is concerned, the exact opposite is true. True spirituality is measured by how much we can give without expecting anything in return. In fact, most spiritual souls suffer undeserved persecutions and calumnies because they go against the norm of society, which is , to get as much as one can get in this world, where survival of the fittest is the rule rather than the exception.
To be selfless and passive in this dog eats dog world would mean a life full of ridicule and persecutions. Man, in his ignorance, hates the person who is different, who go against the raging tide of what is acceptable to society. Man still uses the old maxim "when in Rome do as the Romans do."
There is also an old saying that goes, "it is better to light a single candle than to curse the whole darkness." As foreboding evil beclouds the whole world, would we participate in the common man's insatiable lust for licentiousness and wanton living? If everybody else seem to have lost the integrity of his soul and has gone the way of living the wicked life, would we do just the same since everybody else is doing it?
Or should we heed the still small voice in our heart that says no to wanton and profligate living? The answer lies in what we firmly believe in. If we believe that life is just a one shot deal where we have to get the most out of our limited existence before we experience annihilation, then the worldly man is right all along. But if we believe that this life is a transitory one, a springboard to a much fuller and satisfying one, then we must do as our conscience dictates us to do. To do otherwise would be like committing spiritual suicide.
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter - Dave Grusin
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Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla