Used But Never Emptied
This is a quote from the Tao — ‘The Tao is like a well, used but never emptied. It is the eternal void, filled with infinite possibilities.’ Tao means different things according to different interpretations — from the advaita vedanta consciousness comes closest to the meaning of Tao. Something that is there and not there — the eternal ever expanding void filled with consciousness.
When you introspect on the phrase you realise that there is a force in the universe that is being used all the time but it is never emptied, it can never be emptied — it is infinite and ever expanding. When we sit for meditation and go deep within; we find that our consciousness is expanding and as it expands more and more dimensions open up and the divine inner experiences keep unfolding.
On introspecting you feel that everybody should get rich and famous and so everything they ever dreamed of so that they can see for themselves that this is not the answer — used but never emptied. There is a continuum in life which worldly pleasures cannot fulfil after a point. Comforts are available in plenty but that does not still the mind which is for ever craving for more. The inner peace is missing, finding the eternal void, embarking on the journey to infinite possibilities — that remains.
The question is how to embark on this stupendous life transforming journey? Very few people on earth have travelled this path! Who will be the guide showing the way? It is here that the spiritual masters play their role — in India we have many from Shree Shivkrupanand Swami, Sadhguru, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Sri M, Avadhut Baba and so on. All of them are working to raise the consciousness levels of human society. This is a gargantuan task with 99% of the population engrossed in world pleasures and material benefits. No one has time to think of the inner as they are conned by print, visual and social media into believing and looking for pleasures which really lead you only to grief in the long run — by then it is too late.
It is better to become aware of our life’s purpose early on and live by Tao’s principle which is filled with infinite possibilities. Let us embark on our journey into the infinite and seek and find all those inner pleasures which are filled with quiet, bliss, joy and happiness which are beyond definition.