The other day I was idly watching a pair of Hadeda Ibis birds stabbing their very long beaks down into the lawn in their search for worms and it suddenly struck me how persistent they were in their search moving along one stretch then going onto another almost like soldiers on parade. Near the lawn there is a wide concrete lane with a couple of narrow cracks and i no sooner clear out the weeds from these when they reappear, another example of natures persistence. With the birds it is the search for food, with the other the search for light, and warmth, both demonstrating the absolute imperative towards life and its necessities of nourishment and light. The animal and wild bird life are replete with this, birds searching for material to build nests for their young or migrating vast distances to warmer climes, fish such as the salmon swimming huge distances back to their spawning grounds to renew the cycles of new birth, the same with the wild penguins and other ocean mammals. The whole vast realm of nature is replete with this universal urge towards life. For those people who are keen gardeners there is nothing like planting flower and vegetable seeds and watching them sprout and grow well. To me this is always exciting, this 'mystery', as it were, of placing seeds in the earth and having them eventually after germinating sufficiently push up into the light of day. Perhaps I'm being a bit simplistic as this happens daily all over our planet in private and park gardens, in fields, valley's, forests. Nevertheless, to one who loves gardening it is still an exciting moment when planted seeds begin thrusting up through the soil and one contemplates this mystery of burgeoning nature life.
It is said by many of the spiritual Masters of the East that the legends of the 'little people', the nature spirits, are very true and many deeply psychic and clairvoyant people have confirmed the existence of these nature spirits whose work it is to assist in the formation and growth of all flowers, bushes, grasses and trees. The Masters have affirmed that these nature spirits belong to a separate evolutionary path called the Deva evolution and that at some time in the far future when mankind has truly evolved spiritually, these little people will be revealed to man and will be enabled to see, work and communicate with them. On the human level when one thinks about it, this urge to life, to progress, this continual push to greater and higher things is as natural as breathing and part of the very fabric of life. History tells the story of this relentless thrusting forward, the deep urge to discover and explore, to overcome obstacles on the journey to attainment. Of course this applies not only on the physical level, but on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. In a sense the journey for the attainment of inner peace, serenity and wisdom can be even more rigorous and daunting taking many years of contemplation and meditation and the total control of the physical senses and this usually takes place only here and there in a man or woman to seek beyond the physical, to touch and know to a degree, the ineffable soul and spirit. So therefore, the thought is that as one forges ahead in life working towards some goal this onward journey should preferably encompass others such as family, spouses, good friends. It should really not be for oneself only. It is always far better to weave golden, radiant threads in the web of life then those which are grey and dismal. For when we weave these golden threads we work with the great laws of life and evolution and we are then upheld in the stream of wholeness and harmony. So indeed we make our own destiny, our life's experiences underline who we are forge our characters. The famous English writer, novelist and philosopher, Aldous Huxley, had this to say about life's experiences."Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him."
Life is certainly not for the faint hearted. A certain gentleman named Logan Pearsall Smith wrote that these lovely lines."What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree."
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