There are two levels of communication in everything. The first level concerns itself with the mere words and facts. The second level of any communication is the elusive one where one needs a flair of enlightenment to understand the subtle moods and meditation in a conversation.
Thomas Jefferson was a very advanced individual in the spiritual path. It easy to misunderstand my proposition when you already cling to a certain way of defining spirituality. America went through much change during the 18th century A.D. which would eventually precipitate much inevitable political change in the world over for the next two hundred years.
In this regard, I would like to make a special mention that the current leadership in the whole world (not just USA, apparently) is unable to understand how exactly leadership links with authenticity; yet without sincere authenticity in a leader you are only left with an empty skeleton living and ruling from the great palaces that are built for them. True authenticity arises from a deep Self Knowledge. There exists no shortcuts to this High Seat.
I shall share a letter of correspondence from Jefferson who had just retired from his presidency, to illustrate the depth of passion and servitude these men had for their great country. Today’s leaders appear to be very restless, confused and only interested in massive accumulation of power just for power’s sake. Nothing much exists in their dreams for a better world but empty philosophy that lacks the basis of an innate desire for enlightenment.
1812, January 21
A letter from you calls up recollections very dear to my mind. It carries me back to the times when, beset with difficulties and dangers, we were fellow laborers in the same cause, struggling for what is most valuable to man, his right of self-government. Laboring always at the same oar, with some wave ever ahead threatening to overwhelm us and yet passing harmless under our bark, we knew not how, we rode through the storm with heart and hand, and made a happy port. . . .
But whither is senile garrulity leading me? Into politics, of which I have taken final leave. I think little of them, and say less. I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.
Sometimes indeed I look back to former occurrences, in remembrance of our old friends and fellow laborers, who have fallen before us. Of the signers of the Declaration of Independence I see now living not more than half a dozen on your side of the Potomac, and, on this side, myself alone. You and I have been wonderfully spared, and myself with remarkable health, and a considerable activity of body and mind. I am usually riding on horseback every day; visit four times a year a possession I have 90 miles distant, performing the winter journey on horseback.
I walk little however, a single mile being too much for me; and I live in the midst of my grandchildren, one of whom has lately promoted me to be a great grandfather.