Too often we do not want to change, but instead want the pain to go away and allow us to remain the same with all our desires and with our image of ourselves being intact. We will not be successful running to anything, because we cannot run away from ourselves. And yet what we mot need is what we already are; our essential Self. There is no escape; there is only coming home.
That line in particular leaves me feeling as though Kabir has been secretly spying on my soul.
By the way, I’ve been reminded again recently about how my interest in the teachings of other religious traditions leads some to be suspicious of my Christian faith. I think I understand this, but it always leaves me sad. It seems that one of the necessary steps in the journey of spiritual formation is The Land of Black and White.
For me, when I read a line like this from Helminski, or a similar one from Pema Chodron, my favorite Buddhist writer, I’m always drawn to Jesus’s teachings on what it means to die to “self” (ego) in order to make room for the True, God-Breathed Self in us to emerge.
Another fascinating observation… I’ve worked with so many people who found their Christian upbringing to be irrelevant, sometimes even abusive. I’ve seen though how, sometimes, the words from other traditions have led persons to say, “Oh… THAT’s what Jesus meant…”