The greatest mystery and journey


“We go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought!” ~ Augustine

Yes, perhaps the greatest mystery of all is the mystery of the self. It reminds me of Aristotle’s quote that says knowing ourselves is the beginning of all wisdom. A natural progression or extension of this thought would inevitably lead to this question: Could it be because knowing ourselves is akin to knowing God because we are also God? I daresay to know God/ourselves is the beginning of all wisdom since all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge dwells in our true self, or our highest self. It is said that the greatest journey one can take is the journey between the heart and the mind – our inner journey. Perhaps our human quest and yearning to explore the outside world – the mountains, the forests, the oceans, the outer space – is a reflection of our insatiable desire to explore our inner world, and yet many a times we all don’t realise that except maybe during times of stillness and contemplation when we realise that whom we are seeking is actually ourselves, as Rumi’s quote goes. I also like Marcel Proust’s quote that says: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”


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