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Day 26: A Circle of One

Written by Ekras Gorakh

When you know yourself, its easier to know others as well. But if you are a stranger to yourself, then the world appears strange too. Our sense of being out of place in this world is because we are not intimate with ourselves.

We should spend more time getting to know ourselves. It’s the only way to know the world better. Today is day 26 of the month of #LivingDeeply. I am reaching the toughest topics in the bin.

There is a lot of hate in the world. Countries against countries, color versus color, religion versus religion, language versus language, and brother against brother. People inside one circle category are fighting those in another circle category. A skilled craftsman of “inside” circles can draw a line separating people of any type. Creating divisions is easy.
The hate is about the differences we have with “the other” people. Everyone knows that “the other people” are not to be trusted, have low moral ethics, steal when they get the chance, and will murder, rape and pillage at the first opportunity. Greedy opportunists, these “other people”.
How come “our people” are not this way, but the others are? Isn’t it simpler to notice that people are the same, and how you select your facts changes what you see about them?
I have learnt from many spiritual traditions, and have been able to practice deeply my own. After these many years, what I am learning is that once I understood my own spiritual and religious tradition, I was immediately able to understand the other traditions as well.
This appreciation comes not by assuming things about other traditions. It doesn’t come by accumulating information about other traditions either. It comes by being able to understand my own tradition fully, and then being able to compare the paths alongside.
Once you know the way home, you can see how other paths can also lead home. But if you haven’t seen home even once, all the paths seem to be wrong.
A “swami” in the dharmic tradition is someone who has mastery over his own self. The only way to truly be a friend of other people is to be friends with yourself first.
–PC: Wikimedia Commons

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Ekras Gorakh

Ekras Gorakh is a software executive and a yoga-meditation teacher living in San Francisco, CA.

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