Words Of Wisdom - Finding
Wisdom. When you are
in search of wisdom, it is natural to read books, watch videos, try to find
gurus to follow, put a lot of focus on learning more to add to your
happiness and reduce any suffering. We look everywhere for the answer to
questions like the meaning and purpose of our life and how to be happy. This
is normal and natural.
But there is some powerful wisdom you should contemplate. And that pearl of
wisdom is this: There Is No Answer!
We spend our lives looking for the answer. You know, the answer that will
make us happy, whole, satisfied, successful. So we find an answer, like one
the Buddha gave us. He said grasping is at the root of all suffering. So we
then work hard to conquer desire and grasping in our lives.
Then we tend to think that non-grasping is the answer to everything in life.
If only we could master it life would be great. But it doesn't work that
way. Detachment and non-grasping are not the whole answer. They are just
part of the equation.
So some people spend years trying to conquer desire and grasping within
themselves. They are actually full of the desire to kill off desire! After
months or years of this you will likely figure that out. "Well, trying to
desire to kill off desire doesn't seem to be working, so..." You drop that
and start looking for another, better answer.
In the same way people on the search for self wisdom make love the answer,
or compassion, or knowledge, or holiness the answer. Then they work very
hard trying to be holier or more wise or more loving. Only to find after
several months or years that it isn't working. Trying to be more of anything
isn't the answer!
Here is a useful wisdom secret. All answers are only partial truths. Any
answer can not be the whole truth. So if you feel strongly that being more
loving is your answer, good! Go to work on that for a while. But just don't
expect love to solve everything. It won't! And don't burden love with that
So understand this. Any answer you find to living happily ever after will
only be temporary. Partial. Not the whole thing. That's because life doesn't
need to be solved or answered. Start to be okay with living in the question.
Start to be okay not knowing or even needing an answer. There's more to
this, but this can be a good beginning.
How often have you tried to make
something you figured out or discovered the answer in your life?
How often do you spend time
looking for the answer to life's suffering and problems?