Thursday, April 09, 2020

#Corona Virus ~ this too shall pass

 There is a Chinese proverb that says although you may amass a million gold coins, when you depart this world you cannot take with you even one copper penny. Oh how we belabor over life struggling to gain and control forgetting that the only thing we can control is our perceptions and attitudes.

We use the phrase this too shall pass to mean that difficulty and suffering will in time pass. We also call death a passing to symbolize an end. It also means great things you are experiencing will eventually fade away and be forgotten. When we lose something, especially a loved one, for a while we grieve and then we move on. That is what humans do.

This too shall pass seem to have originated with Rumi the medieval Persian poet? This thought which is so truly universal to the plight of human affairs reminds us of the perpetual movement of life from good to evil and back again.

 In another telling of this phrase it was said that Solomon the Hebrew King wanted a phrase that would hold true in both good times and bad. He asked of the wise religious leaders how he could find balance between the two extremes of life. The wise leader called upon a jeweler to create a gold ring and upon it was inscribed the Hebrew letters gimel, zayin, yud, which began the words “Gam zeh ya'avor” — “This too shall pass.”

When given the ring Solomon realized that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he too would pass and would be nothing but dust.

Karma yoga reminds us that all of life is constantly changing, what might be important today might be meaningless a moment from now. Nothing in life is permanent except for change. It is the only constant in life. And the saying goes, “You never step into the same river twice.”

As we all try to hold onto our sanity in this time of pandemonium, remember that everything in life comes and goes; it moves up and down and constantly changes. This too shall pass and when it does remember to find the balance between extremes and in this you will discover the true meaning of life; nothing last forever.          

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