Guru says that good things should continue- even if you cannot carry them forward at the same rate. Once you start something good, it should always continue. I guess that’s how I feel about writing. I might not write as much as I’d like, but I do continue to write. It’s good thing for my spiritual progress, and I continue this little sadhana, even if I can’t post every day.
Often Guru would initiate projects, with a certain goal, and then he would not necessarily finish. For example, his wonderful series of poems, Sail My Heart-beat Sail was originally supposed to number a thousand poems. He only finished one hundred and forty of them. Similarly, he had asked my friend Kalatit to submit one hundred and one questions, which he would answer and then publish- he ended up only answering about nine of them. But in these cases, he started. He announced his intention, and he started, and even if he did not reach the goal, he went a long way towards it. It is better to start something, to achieve, even if we cannot reach the goal. But if we feel the goal is too far, why bother starting at all, then we achieve nothing. I have no musical talent, but I practiced the violin for two years under various teachers. I didn’t get very far, and now other projects have come along that take up my time. But those two years of plugging away did give me a deeper insight into making music. When I listen to string quartets or even piano sonatas I have a practical, mechanical insight into the music I wouldn’t otherwise have. It’s always good to start- no matter how far you get. Any achievement is worth treasuring.
It’s funny, two days ago a gentleman came to my line, he’s my good friend. I asked him how he was doing, and he said to me that he wrote down the aphorism(by Guru) I gave him a few months ago: “Patience is the light of truth.” He also told me that, on that occasion, when he asked me why I looked happy, I said to him, “It is because of my willingness and openness to accept God’s Grace.” And he wrote that down too. On that day I was not in a good consciousness at all, not in any kind of good mood. But the fact that a customer would treasure Guru’s writings that I had quoted, and note them down in his diary, and then come back to tell them to me, means everything. I’m happy I’ve found a way to incorporate Guru’s consciousness into my job, to offer a little bit of my Master’s Light.