I posed a question to friend yesterday: “There is ‘quest’ in ‘question’. Is there a link? What does it imply?”
I received an unexpected response from him:
“In the first novel and radio series of The HItchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. Deep Thought points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never actually knew what the Question was.
When asked to produce The Ultimate Question, Deep Thought says that it cannot; however, it can help to design an even more powerful computer that can. This new computer will incorporate living beings into the “computational matrix” and will run for ten million years. It is revealed as being the planet Earth, with its pan-dimensional creators assuming the form of mice to observe its running.”
I didn’t quite understand the response at first. Then he continued:
“Serious point, however – the answers are no use unless you understand the questions. So the quest is for the questions of true significance, those that open up realisation of the irreducible mystery of life. As Rilke says ‘Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.'”
I love it! Thank you.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to this: To be what you are, and what you are to the world. Your role in this world now. That everlasting quest(ion) of “why am I here?”
What I am is to provide a container, a space, a possibility. No, let me rephrase that. I am not the one who provide. Maybe–it just dawned to me–I am part of what makes the container, the space, the possibility.
“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.” ― Andre Berthiaume
I have got to be honest. Today I realize how I am not ‘there’ yet. And here’s how I know.
I was watching you today. I was also watching my thoughts. You were happy. And truth be told, I don’t like it. Continue reading
I was sitting quietly, listening to my friend speaking. He spoke about the power of Now — you know, the ‘usual’ remark of there is nothing other than the now. I said to him I never really got it, that word. I have heard it a million times, but I never really get it.
I was reminded of my post on this verse from Qur’an recently:
VERILY, Abraham was a man who combined within himself all virtues, devoutly obeying God’s will, turning away from all that is false, and not being of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God – QS16:120
The Arabic words at the start of the verse were “ibraheema kana ommatan” – literally translated as Abraham was a nation. He is no longer a self or individual. He is humanity.
Then this tweet came along: Continue reading
I went through my postings on Facebook to find certain passages. I came across this:
I recently sat in a Qur’an study class. Before we began, we always recite some verses from the Qur’an.
That day, the facilitator guided us on how to recite the Qur’ran in order to feel or ‘hear’ the inner meaning. To feel it with all our heart. To prepare ourselves, to clean ourselves, to quiet ourselves in preparation of reading the Qur’an, to realize what this Book is truly about, whose words it is that we’ll recite, who is it that is talking to us–even before reading the first verse.
It was such a beautiful session. You can really feel the presence, even before you start opening the first page. You can really feel, now you’re ready to read it; and listen, and hear it. Beautiful.
As I read this, the sentences spoke to me. I can sense that conviction in my heart. It’s time.
Yes, now I am ready. God speaks the truth and guides the Way.
The Four Pills
‘Everything is of one thing. There is no other thing, except that one thing. There is no possibility of communing or communicating or going back to that one thing through nothing. Therefore you have to build into something and then reach. That is the simplest way that you can think about it.
And there are four pills that go with it, four pills that you have to take. One is that you are sure that there is one absolute, because there can’t be two; the second is that you must keep everything clean; the third thing is that you mustn’t harm anybody, and the fourth thing is that you must be helpful to everybody. After these four things it is up to you to find your way to get there.’
(From advice to students by Bulent Rauf, Consultant to the Beshara School 1975-87)
We conversed around the quote above at this morning’s Beshara SEA monthly gathering. It was wonderful to hear how the quote unfold itself. It still is unfolding.