The School Called Earth
planet that we call earth is really an institution where we gain
momentum on the sacred path, our sacred journey, toward self
realization. In essence, the experiences we gain here, in our
physical form, are meant to
usher us toward
the understanding that all physical/sense-perceived phenomena
are perishable and ultimately
lead us to misery
and suffering. The lessons learnt in the school called earth are
very valuable and greatly contribute to the progress of our
perception called “sorrow” and its counterpart “happiness” are
really educational tools, teaching us the lessons of equanimity
and impermanence. Why were the dualities sorrow and happiness
referred to as perceptions? Generally, the term perception
refers to something that is not real and subject to change. Our
mistaken association with our bodies causes us to get so deeply
involved with the opposites of joy and sorrow and we take them
to be real. They are not, they are only passing clouds. Take a
look at your own lives; wasn’t every sorrow or joy you
arrived? Some of these
experiences lasted for a very long time, while others were of a
much shorter duration. Yet, none seemed to be permanent.
passing experience, however, you became wiser, more mature,
The transformation to these adjectives were only possible
because of life experiences. They were indeed great teachers.
as a teacher.
Nature is indeed a great teacher. Hot, cold, rain, drought,
night, day—all these are the dual forces that nature puts forth
to man. All of these have a purpose, a higher purpose.
earth has a great role in the universe. It is here that we learn
life’s lessons and get detached from the dualities that life
throws at us and progress to the stage of equanimity—the gateway
to liberation. Every experience we create for ourselves takes us
a step closer to this goal.
only when children are growing that they feel candies and toys
are the purpose of life. Take a toy away from a child and he
would think that was the end of the world. As they grow,
however, they realize that toys and candies are not everything.
In a similar manner we, as adults, are attached to the bigger
toys that this world offers and as we grow spiritually we
realize that all the material things we ran after all our lives
were really only toys and candies in comparison to the real goal
day must alternate. After every night there must be day and
after every day there must be night. That is inevitable. Life
also has its share of nights and days, but the spiritual
individuals will learn to use the torch of God’s grace to
continue surfing through the darkest nights of life.
only after failure. With every failure we evaluate causes and
make an attempt to learn from our mistakes and as a result we
the great ones, always welcome sorrow with a smile. They know
that suffering is a great means to get closer to the Lord. Take
the example of Jesus. He was crucified and yet
He smiled and prayed to God to
forgive those who subjected His body to pain. He was (is) a
great master who maintained equanimity even in the face of
physical death. The result? Today, He is universally recognized
as one of the
and one who helps millions reach the shore
only by going through the school called earth that we can enjoy
the bliss offered by the supreme.
learning is internal, though,
our realizing it. Remember no one fails in this school. The
school is so built that all learn without fail and progress.
Some souls complete this journey in one life, whereas others
would require several lifetimes. Just as a child studies hard
and gets promoted if they study hard, if we study hard
(undertake spiritual discipline/prayers), our progress will be
much faster and the goal much closer. We are all in the stage of
schooling. Welcome sufferings with
a smile; with
every experience we get
closer to our goal: perfection. Bon Voyage!