I was reading a the book “Illusions, The adventure of an Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach and a few lines caught my attention and kept me thinking. Richard Bach is an American writer and hugely popular for his famous book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”.
The master answered and said, “Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept slowly over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was the way of life, and resisting the current what each had learnt from birth.
But One creature said at last ‘I am tired of clinging. Though i cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’
The other creatures laughed and said ‘Fool! let go an, that current you worship will throw u tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!’ But the One heeded them not and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by current across the rocks.
Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more. And the creatures down stream, to whom he was a stranger, cried ‘ See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! see the Messiah, come to save us all!’
And the One carried in the current said “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.’ But the cried the more ‘Saviour!’ all the while clinging to the rocks, and when th
ey looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a saviour.”
The above text rightly describes the current state of living. The creatures us, the people of the universe, the current the Change and the The one or the Messiah is the one who is willing to flow, learn and accept the change.
The Messiah or the One or the different name we use like the Buddha, the Christ, and Rama or the Krishna. We fail to realise that our Messiah have raised from within us and have refused to cling to the existing system but to accept change and live life to their content.
In our society when one refuses to cling to the existing system and refuses to accept the existing legends, he is abused, broken and bruised as the creature in the extract, like the current is testing to see how far the one would go to accept the change and then the current lifts it higher than one could hope and it goes ahead to make its own legends.
Most of us follow a religion and practice rituals, but do we even wonder why we are doing it instead of following it like blind bats. Once upon a time our rituals had a lot of meaning and were performed for a reason. Today we perform them even when the reason does not exist and the meaning long forgotten.
We live in a society that focuses on 2 things – Survival and Dominance. The ancient civilizations like the such as the Indus valley, the Hopi and the Mayan the education was focused on the overall development – Mind, Body and Spirit. But over a period of time education shifted to mind centered education and focus on gaining skills was believed were needed for survival.
In the beginning the survival skills were related to War and it was believed that one had to eliminate everyone who is perceived as a threat to ones own survival. The life of survival have paved way to industrial and technological revolutions that we live in the present moment. However our focus for skills has remained constant over the time – Survival and Dominance.
In reality we try to dominate what we fear and we fear what we do not understand. We dominate when we cannot conquer our inner fears. To conquer our inner fears we need to focus on the development and growth of our Spirit and look through the darkness to reach the light.
“If God spoke to directly to your face and said ‘I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD AS LONG AS YOU LIVE’ what would you do then? ‘In the path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this life time. ” – From “Illusions, The adventure of an Reluctant Messiah” by Richard Bach
All our scriptures and our holy books talk about trying and being happy and content as long as we live and to fill our lives with peace, joy and happiness. Its a pity that we look up to a Messiah but do not follow their footsteps or learn from their learnings. We are are creatures clingling to the rock and twings of our ignorance and most of the time we hold up people who want to let go in the ties of the system.
We believe in the rise of the Messiah to help us change the world. Maybe its time for us to realise that we are our own Messiahs and together break the web of the twigs and rock of us system and let the light come in!