To know thyself
Socrates (cir. 399 B.C.) was an enlightened man whose appearance in ancient Greek has led to the spiritual advancement of many by the mere virtue of his teachings through the vehicle of great philosophy. I like to emphasize that these beings with very advanced consciousness are extremely difficult to understand their message contradicts all our desires and attachments.
Therefore, even if the message of Socrates is taught in the best universities none can understand him because his main emphasis was Enlightenment – transcendence of the mind and all false knowledge. I will provide a brief story to illustrate the Teaching of Master Socrates on the essence of contentment.
Naturally, the human mind doesn’t know or understand the meaning of contentment and true happiness because by its very nature it cannot. It has to be transcended first and that’s when one gets the feeling that they have been born a new, with a brand new consciousness. This is the emphasis of all Enlightened men and women of the past – the need to trace the way back to the Holy Mother.
Hence, Socrates uses his own life to teach something important. This is one of the chief skillful means of the supremely awakened, that at times they disregard their own body in order to create an opportunity for someone to have their eyes open to the voidness of life itself. Enjoy the story.
Socrates believed that the wise person would instinctively lead a frugal life. He himself would not even wear shoes; yet he constantly fell under the spell of the marketplace and would go there often to look at all the new items on display.
When one of his friends asked why, Socrates said, “I love to go there and discover how many things I am perfectly happy without.”