Yesterday slipped past me so quickly that I forgot to post this quote by Nisargadatta Maharaj that I’ve been saving for Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom. I found it in one of the books I am reading, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” by Dr. Wayne Dyer in which he interprets each verse of the Tao and applies it to modern life. I read one chapter per day as part of my spiritual practice and have noticed my awareness expanding and a renewed sense of peace emerging.
I’ll take it.
“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves.”
— Nisargadatta Maharaj
When I pause for a moment to consider the vastness of this country, this earth and the entire universe, I begin to understand what a microscopic speck I am on the eternal expanse of time. My life is not important. My worries and my joys, my failures and my successes are insignificant.
In the very next moment, I pause to look at my nearly 9 month old daughter snuggled against my breast. To her, one who is new to this life and knows so little, I am everything. Her family and our sweet humble home is her world.
I am simultaneously nothing and everything. This concept of paradoxical truths is explored in the 2,500 year-old Tao Te Ching, and it is one I am carefully pondering and beginning to grasp.
Between these two truths, my life moves. And the only wrinkles I will leave on the quilt of existence are the contributions I’ve made in the form of effecting change, raising children and giving love.
What else is important? I think nothing.