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S+ Stimulant: Pilgrimage

 

“The description of a pilgrimage in the truest sense of the word…a pilgrimage distinguishes itself from an ordinary journey by the fact that it does not follow a laid-out plan or itinerary, that it does not pursue a fixed aim or a limited purpose, but that it carries its meaning in itself, by relying on an inner urge which operates on two planes: on the physical as well as the spiritual plane. It is a movement not only in the outer, but equally in the inner space, a movement whose spontaneity is that of the nature of life, i.e. of all that grows continually beyond its momentary form, a movement that always starts from an invisible inner core.

Thus the pilgrimage in the outer space is actually the mirrored reflection of an inner movement or development, directed towards a yet unknown, distant aim which, however, is intrinsically and seed-like contained in the very direction of that movement. Herefrom springs the readiness to cross the horizons of the known and the familiar, the readiness to accept people and new environments as parts of our destiny, and the confidence in the ultimate significance of all that happens and is in harmony with the depth of our being and universality of greater life.”

– Lama Anagarika Godvina

 

S+ Suggested reading: The Way of the White Clouds by Lama Anagarika Godvina

Published: February 12th, 2015

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