Brother Martin gave another helpful talk yesterday. I asked him what he thought the most important quality is that we should develop in ourselves to help us grow spiritually. He replied that humility is the most important. If there is humility there can be no judgements, there can be no division. We see everyone as one with God.
Nix asked him if a Guru is needed to move forward on the spiritual path (as is commonly believed in India). He replied that a Guru is a blessing but is not strictly required. It depends on your belief. If you want to see God in a Guru then that is what you will see. Having a Guru is a blessing in the sense that this can make the search easier. However truth is everywhere and in everything and can be found on your own as well. Nix and I both appreciated and respected his measured, well balanced answers.
This afternoon we watched a short video about Father Bede Griffiths’ life. He was an incredible man. There were two things he said in the documentary that stood out for me:
“Truth is where opposites meet.”
“Love is relationships.”
The first beautifully highlights the necessity to move beyond dualistic thinking, and the second reminded me of Brother Martin’s talk from the other day where he said “relationships are everything”. The more we travel through India, the more we directly experience both these truths. For us this is worth more than money or anything it can buy, and we find ourselves in a near constant state of gratitude as a result. Now the trick is to maintain and nurture this when we return to Cape Town....