The real master never gives you principles he only gives insights. He gives you understanding, not commandments. He simply makes you more aware so that whatsoever the situation is you can always respond to it on your own; you do not need to follow a certain fixed principle. He makes you more fluid , more flexible because life goes on changing and if you’re very very inflexible you will suffer.
We live in a world that is obsessed with answers and action. We have a problem and immediately search for an answer, implement a solution, or ‘do’ something to address the issue. Our natural tendency is to find solutions to the challenges we face or the crisis we find ourselves in or we get busy with something else so we can ignore it for a while. Whilst understandable, this single-minded focus on ‘doing’ is interfering with our ‘being’ and is often getting us further away from our truth as we continue to drown out the inner voice within.
Mark Twain once summed up his life. “I became a silver-miner in Nevada; next, a newspaper reporter; next, a gold-miner; next, a special correspondent in the Sandwich Islands; next, a roving correspondent in Europe and the East; next, an instructional torchbearer on the lecture circuit; and, finally, I became a scribbler of books, and an immovable fixture among the other rocks of New England.”