Profound peace can only be experienced when one becomes oneself – and you will find that becoming yourself is all you need to aspire for, despite your so-called outer deficiencies. These deficiencies are superficial. They are but symptomatic. Pursue yourself and you will expand and blossom, in time, into something more exquisite and beautiful than you ever imagined. You will find that it was only because you were trying to become someone else that you viewed yourself as deficient.
NEVER FORGET WHO YOU ARE
Young lion separated from its mother, roamed the forest absorbing like a sponge the characteristics of the sheep, squirrels, and monkeys it was surrounded by. Some years later, the now youthful lion was spotted by a passing elderly lion. “please don’t kill me,” pleaded the young lion. “I’m a small, helpless sheep and I have my whole life ahead of me.” Amazed to hear these words from a member of its own kind, the elderly lion took the younger cat to a nearby waterhole. Gazing at its reflection with stupefaction, the young cat asked, ” When did I turn into a lion?” “You always were one,” replied the grown lion. “Only, you didn’t know it.” Thus the younger lion roared and reentered the family of imperial animals.
So why doesn’t everyone become a resplendent and majestic lion or lioness? Because they have covered themselves up with a layer upon layer of thick mud and trash: fictitious and false personalities acquired through imitation and parroting of TV and film actors, actresses, musicians, and dancers, bogus claims about one’s education or income level, displaying wealth, clothes and jewelry beyond one’s true level of earning and over-manipulation of one’s appearance with the use of cosmetics and surgery. But how long will you continue to deceive yourself into believing you can become someone else? How long will you continue to finance with both your money and spirit the false facade you present to the people to the burden you have taken upon your shoulders. Throw it down and stand elevated. Be proud of who you are. You are not inferior to anyone.
Discard following the public icons erroneously accepted as such just because they are rich and glamorous. Renounce chasing the shallow and half-baked. Pursue a career, yes. Pursue a personality, no. Live or die for the truth, yes. Live or die for an illusion or myth, never. And, just who is this person we should become – the individual we usually address as “me” or “I?” That person is the true you, the observer of your thoughts, your body, and the world around you.