Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Find Your Own North Star

“The North Star -- Stella Polaris -- is a fixed point that can always be used to figure out which way you're headed. Explorers and mariners can depend on Polaris when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that a knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unaltering spot. You may think you're utterly lost, but brush away the leaves, wait for the clouds to clear, and you'll see your destiny shining as brightly as ever; the fixed point in the constantly changing constellations of your life.”
………………. Martha Beck from her book ‘Finding your own North Star’

This suggestion seems pretty simple but in real life situations there are three positions that we can find ourselves. First there is a person firmly positioned on the solid ground or traversing an ocean, second a person could be piloting a plane and needs a reference and finally when a reference is needed in deep space.

The value of the North star as a referral object reduces as we move form the solid earth based plane to the atmosphere and finally into deep space, where all references become highly relative and distorted. The magnitude of dimensions that are needed for reference and their inter-relationship increases as we move from the lower strata to the higher planes of existence. This is very true for our own spiritual lives.

In Bhakthi marga (prayerful devotion) one needs only scriptures, prayers or mantra and image focus. Rituals become the channel of devotion. In Karma Marga one needs unattached service where annihilation of the ego becomes very essential. Nishkamakarma is the next higher plane of existence and here the entire creation becomes the focus one’s devotion through unattached service. The existence at the highest plane for human souls is the Jnana Marga and one needs an intuitive inner journey to find one’s referral point.

This is the reason that 'Para-Brahma Upanishad' of Atharva Veda states that:

“Then to this realized person reality (i.e. true wisdom) constitutes the inner tuft and sacred thread. To the Brahmana desirous of liberation is (allowed) the state of the inward tuft and sacred thread. The wearing of externally visible tuft and sacred thread (is necessary) for the householders engaged in rituals. The characteristic of the inward sacred thread is not clearly visible like external thread; it is the union with reality inwardly.”

……….PB U-3

This inward reality is the North Star by which we must steer our soul

Love to you all

1 comment :

  1. I have an email comment that the post is too technical and wish to amplify the complexities of referencing the North Star that I had put down in the second paragraph.

    When we are using the North Star for terrestrial navigation only the elevation is to be measured.
    For well over 2,000 years, navigators have known how to determine both direction and latitude (their position north or south of the Equator) by using the North Star (Polaris).

    When you are facing Polaris you are always facing north, and between the Equator and the North Pole, the angle of the star above the horizon is a direct measure of the degree of latitude.

    In ancient times, navigators measured the angle of Polaris at their home port. To return after a long voyage, they only needed to sail north or south to bring the star back to the angle of home port - then turn left or right and "sail down the latitude," keeping the angle the same all the way.

    But if you are a pilot of a small plane without on board computer or radar then we need one more reference other than the elevation of Polaris probably a radio beacon from the nearest airport so that we have a ground reference.

    In deep space there is no north or south and your references have to be at least three namely location of origin, location of destination and deviation from the intended flight path for establishing navigation control.

    I hope I have clarified without again being too technical.