We human beings are the most advanced species in the animal kingdom. But our knowledge accumulated in life since the day we are born in the world makes us forget to seek our true nature. The little knowledge we gain in life mostly serves to inflate our egos and we get to quickly forget our true essence. Yet our true nature is what we had always been before everything else.
As illustrated in the Sufi humor below, we get too obsessed with our dealings, careers and passions and completely forget the true meaning of life. In this digression from the true purpose of life, everything we touch does not turn into gold. We form relationships in that same spiritual unawareness; we develop our careers and continue with all our dealings while still in the same state of partial sleep. Yet it’s hard to recognize this phenomenon since everybody else is like that. But we are erroneously led to believe that the majority (in the society or world) is always right – the same way democracies and religions are designed.
BOOKS AND RABBITS
“Most of the things that people do are just the same as animals do, only they think they are different”, pronounced Nasrudin in the teahouse.
“That is ridiculous”, snorted a visiting monk; “if you were right, rabbits would be writing books”.
“I am firmly persuaded”, said Nasrudin calmly, “that rabbits would write books if only they would forget, from time to time, the pressing desire to eat lettuce”.