“For our goal was not only the East, or rather the East was not only a country and something geographical, but it was the home and youth of the soul, it was everywhere and nowhere, it was the union of all times.”—Herman Hesse, Journey To The East
Hesse knew what he was about. The East of which he spoke was not the East of Tibet, Thailand, or anywhere else for that matter. It was nowhere, and it was everywhere, and remains so today.
It is here and it is now if only we free ourselves, free our minds and learn to see without the intercession of thought.
Many are the paths, many have been and in a limited way continue to be paths, but the goal remains the same. Now.
If I seem to dump on Christianity, it is only because were we taught as we should, as we can only now aspire to be, it would be fully understood that as one of countless paths Christianity is as valid as others, and yet it was forcibly imposed on a people—our ancestors—who had yet to fully explore and express their own unique and intrinsic path. The ramifications of that imposition have been and continue to be profound as well as profoundly misunderstood.
Life is one and it is flowing through each one of us and indeed all living beings this very moment. Flow with it and know bliss; step aside, watch it with your minds and know sadness and despair.
The choice is ever ours’.