WHO CAN REACH PERFECTION ?


Two Goals drive our lives. One is to know our roots - the Source of our creation - which is simply not parents but a greater Cause.  The other is to reach Perfection.  This  spiritual quest  drives me to uncharted territories.

My aim to read books is to find an answer to those nagging questions from the heap of knowledge accumulated by Man since time immemorial. It is not theorizing the knowledge gained, but pragmatic on the issue of Perfection for higher elevation.

Why to reach Perfection ?  The reason behind this lofty goal is perennial Joy, free from Pain, Sorrow and Ignorance.  In the process of digging deep into what our Wisdom Masters said on the subject, I recently come across  this superb poem of 20th century's Lebanese poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran, which is soul-lifting !

You ask me, my brother, when will man reach perfection. 

Hear my answer:

Man approaches perfection when he
feels that he is an infinite space and a sea
without a shore,
An everlasting fire, an unquenchable
light,

A calm wind or a raging tempest, a thundering
sky or a rainy heaven,
A singing brook or a wailing rivulet, a tree abloom
in Spring, or a naked sapling
in Autumn.

A rising mountain or a descending valley,
A fertile plain or a desert.
When man feels all these, he has already
reached halfway to perfection. To attain his goal
he must then perceive
that he is a child dependent upon his mother,
a father responsible for his family,
A youth lost in love,

An ancient wrestling against his past,
A worshipper in his temple, a criminal in
his prison,

A scholar amidst his parchments,
An ignorant soul stumbling between the darkness of his
night and the obscurity of his day,

A nun suffering between the flowers of her faith and
the thistles of her loneliness,

A prostitute caught between the fangs of her
weakness and the claws of her needs,

A poor man trapped between his bitterness and his
submission,

A rich man between his greed and his conscience,
A poet between the mist of his twilight and the
rays of his dawn.

Who can experience, see, and understand
these things can reach perfection and
become a shadow of God’s Shadow.

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