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the darkness" versus "turning on the light".
rather than spend time "analyzing the varying degrees of
darkness" which exist in the world, I choose to "turn
on the light" instead, to paraphrase His
Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
plan is to go kayaking with my two heroes: my son Sebastien and
his little sister Sara, at a nearby lake in the oasis of bliss
and tranquility that is my home town, Fairfield,
water is perfectly still.
have the whole lake to ourselves.
the three of us inflate the kayak, which takes all of five minutes,
and soon my son and I are slowly paddling our way to the center
of the lake.
Sara sits between us, facing me, just being her usual adorable self,
while my son and I discuss how every action we take is like
a ripple in a pond.
teaches us that "Every action we take, every thought we have
produces an influence in the universe and, like the ripple that
bounces off the edge of the pond and returns to its source, every action
we take eventually finds its way back to its originator".
you sow, so shall you reap", the world's religions teach.
be saved, destroyer will be destroyed, nourisher will be nourished. It
is unavoidable.", Maharishi tells us.
at the center of the lake, the three of us just remain sitting in
the kayak, floating about on the perfectly still water, sharing
organic berries. Red ones, blue ones, black ones.
are discussing Mother Nature and transcendental meditation, when
all of a sudden, Sebastien's little sister looks at me and asks
"So daddy... meditation makes you free?"
I nod and
say "Yes, Maharishi teaches us that transcendental
meditation is the way to free ourselves from bondage and suffering
start paddling back to shore. We see the occasional fish jump out of the
water around us, birds are flying just a few inches above water, I feel
at one with Nature. What an incredible bonding experience with the kids.
I am a lucky man.
back on shore, I sit there and watch Sara jump up and down in a
puddle, while she yells "I'm FREE! I'm FREE!"
joy on her face reminds me that each of us was, once upon a time,
an innocent child with the natural ability to find joy and amazement
in Mother Nature's
said "Except you become as little children, you shall not enter into
the Kingdom of God".
absence of light, there is darkness.
all we need to do is turn on the light.
all of the world's great intellects have not managed to create a world
free from suffering. Perhaps we need to try Maharishi's way, which is
to close our eyes and meditate for a few minutes morning and evening.
at the state of the world today, I am inclined to believe that
man's intellect creates as many problems as it solves.
what is needed is for us to become more like little children,
pure in heart, close to Mother
greatest teachers are the two little people I was kayaking with
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