The Spirit Gives Life
Just as a reservoir is of little use when the whole country is flooded, scriptures are of little use to the illumined man or woman, who sees the Lord everywhere. ─The Bhagavad Gita 2:46, translated by Eknath Easwaran
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. ─Habakkuk 2:14, ESV
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me . . . ─Jeremiah 31:34a, ESV
. . . the way can be indicated by words, but only understood by intuition. ─The Eternally Practical Way, Chapter 70
For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. ─2 Corinthians 3:6b, ESV
The Spirit gives life. All is life and all is Spirit. The letter (words, dogmas, scriptures, etc.) can stunt or inhibit this life. When people adhere to attractive words, when they do not let their minds flow with the surrounding life, they can miss out on life. When people view a statement as valid for all time, they may end up overlooking or ignoring changes and differences that arise.
People who see the Lord everywhere, and expressed in everything, are free to follow the leading of the Spirit wherever the Spirit leads. Those who have preconceptions of how things are, or should be, are not free to change along with the changing world. Of course, we don’t change passively as the “outside” world demands that we change; being part of the world, we are able to actively direct or block the flow of life to a greater or lesser extent. The more we are in sync with the flow of life, the more we can direct these energies, for good or ill.
If someone tells me to “honor my father and mother,” how should I understand this rule? Should I understand it as meaning that I should never disagree with my parents? Should I leave gifts on my parents’ graves? By interpreting this rule in their own ways, people can make their own personal, more specialized, rules. Once they have set their minds on an interpretation of the rule, people may find it difficult to view the rule any other way.
However, if people simply will what is best for all, and trust that the Spirit will inspire them and show them how to achieve this good in every moment, then people can free themselves from the adherence to worn out dogmas and words, and make themselves more available to the ever-present intelligence of the Spirit.