The journey

I have somewhere in my files a parable that many of you will have either heard or heard variations of. I love it with a passion. I shall give you the highlights and then change the ending as I have known it.

Synopsis:

A struggling business man ( funnily I have always assumed middle aged of European decent) seeks out a great guru for the meanig of life.

The guru indicates the man must follow him up the mountain and at the top all will be revealed.

The businessman sets off in pursuit of the guru.

The Guru seems to effortlessly ascend, stopping and wating for the businessman. Always calm.

The businessman struggles, and groans. The days pass.

After some considerable number of days they come to the crest.

The businessman’s spirits build and with the smell of conquest in his nostrils he crests the mountain to see…

Busloads of people and a huge vacation resort.

Stunned he looks at the Guru and asks what is going on.

The Guru replies – only you chose to make the journey a difficult one.

So that is where the story ends.

But I would be the demanding un Hollywood or Bollywood, Guru and change the ending.

The Guru replies – only you chose to make the journey a difficult one – and seeing as you clearly have not learnt anything we must go back and start again.

Sometimes we have to fail. And in failing there is the opportunity for great learning.

There is no learning from mere insight, new ideas or information or other peoples wisdom.

It is the connecting, the living out of a new and different way of being which makes the difference.

You may not always appear to be going forward, but when you crest the mountain there will be no questions, no going back – only lightness of effort…and more effort than you ever imagined.

…At least this is what I hope my Guru would say to me, if only I could catch him on this damn mountain 🙂

4 Replies to “The journey”

  1. Dear Richard,

    This is a Spiritual and soul searching post. Yes you are right. We need guru to know the meaning of life. But the major question comes. Who is guru? Is is physical or non physical? I think it could be either one or both. When we start feeling the meaning of life we start trasforming ourselves. So, openness is must to learn and know the meaning of life. Constant Success blinds us to learn and know more whereas failure opens door to know, learn and ponder. In this sense, I think more failure teaches you real meaning and more success prevent the path. So, success is rather friend to open up and learn.

    1. Dear Ajay thank you for these additions – yes the tension between success and failure is an interesting one – but properly engaged is a fruitful one.
      Look forward to your ongoing participation. Thank you
      Richard

  2. Dear Richard,
    Quite an enlightening post!I liked the Guru’s saying ‘Only you chose to make the journey a difficult one – and seeing as you clearly have not learnt anything we must go back and start again’. Just superb.

    We can term Guru as the Leader and his main task is to change the attitude and habits of people by setting an exemplary role. At times, people need to be told and reprimanded for not changing their habitual work style for the betterment of setting the productive, performance based work culture.

    The Gurus are those who care, share their knowledge and develop skills of others who put a trust in him and his wisdom. Finding Guru is not difficult, it’s a matter of your incliness to learn and forget the ego. One needs to be ready to bow down the head in front of the wise people who have been superior and have a selfless motto of helping others to succeed. It’s more of preparing the future leaders to ensure continuity of good things for others to benefit.

    I liked the way you have concluded – ‘It is the connecting, the living out of a new and different way of being which makes the difference.’ Lot of good messages to define the leadership role.

    1. Dear Dr Asher, thank you again for your encouragement. “…a selfless motto of helping others to succeed” – I’ve written that one down in my file.
      Great to share this community with you
      Richard

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