“Be a passerby” ……….Saying 42 ‘The Gospel of Thomas’
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” …………………………Lao Tzu
“Change is like a river: nothing is the same, even for an instant. Everything is continually moving through the six stages of change: about to come into being, beginning, expanding, approaching maximum potential, peaking, and finally, passing its peak and flowing into its new condition.” ………………..Wu Wei, I Ching Wisdom
I have opened this article with three quotes. The first is from a sacred text, the second from a great Chinese philosopher and the third is from ‘Wu-Wei’ I Ching Wisdom.
All these quotes point to the basic need of individuals to find their place within the natural order. Starting with the wisdom of Christ, through which He utterly surrendered to the will of the Divine Father, which teaches us the importance of attaching least importance to our own schemes. A medieval author, Petrus Alphonsi, reflects this saying in his Clerical Instruction: 'This world is, as it were, a bridge. Therefore, pass over it, only do not lodge there.' A very similar saying attributed to Jesus is preserved in the form of an Arabic inscription at the site of a mosque at Fatehpur-Sikri, India."
Wu Wei (Chinese, literally meaning “non-doing”) is a vital concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu Wei is the conditioning and establishment of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in resonance with the flow of life.
The wisdom of Lao Tzu conveys how nature follows a natural cycle and produces life sustaining attributes and elements for all creations. The harmonic balance with which nature operates is incomparable to all the harried effort of the rational thinking man. The leaf cutter ants of Amazon have survived for more than 50 million years. Each individual Baobab tree in the sub-Saharan grass lands has survived for thousands of years and has provided millions of gallons of potable water to the people who live around it. It is a great miracle that in the parched heat of the African waterways, after years of dry spell, the fish eggs hatches upon the first arrival of rain. Life survives when in resonance with the natural order. The process of hibernation is very vital in the mammalian, reptilian, insect and plant world. It is only man who is harried and restless throughout his life.
Our inner nature has a rhythm, the heartbeat, our breathing, the circadian rhythm of sleep cycle and the many body functions follow a natural order but man, as opposed to nature, strives against this natural order thus creating a dissonance. Every dissonance creates a destructive force which is reflected as induced stress. This physical, emotional and mental stress leads to chaos within the body and exhibits itself as disease.
It is vital to understand the six stages of change as propounded in the ‘Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume Two’. In the process of life, a specific energy potential is involved in each stage. If we operate and our actions are bound by this potential then we move in a smooth fashion. The Universe is a great teacher. We can map the existence of every manifestation in the universe to these six stages. Let us take the star. The pre-condition for its formation is the localized density of inner galactic gas and the gravity. A star is born when the total potential reaches a specified maximum. The star gains mass by accretion of gas surrounding it and consuming its own inner elements, such as Hydrogen and Helium, through internal heat and gravity. It reaches a peak when the fuel runs below a critical minimum and the star explodes or implodes as supernova or a new condition called neutron star or becomes a Black Hole.
Every creation goes through this stages of change and it is a pre-requisite that we operate within these boundaries. Based on the complexities of manifestation, the boundary conditions vary and can only be accessed through a subjective inner understanding.
Let us cultivate a path of Wu Wei through deep silence of the mind. Let us take home a thought from the beauty of ancient wisdom traditions:
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home." ……….Aboriginal Australian Proverb
Love to you all.