Put Arrogance Aside
In using this practice of devotion we can, if we put away our arrogance, learn something from the consciousness, or spirit, dwelling within everyone. We can also, in an attitude of devotion, learn from the events of our lives. We can know our world more deeply, too. We can gaze more clearly into the heavens; we can see more wisely into the atom. There is much a humble person can learn looking out in any direction.
Indeed, most scientific discoveries have occurred when a dedicated human being put aside arrogance or the presumptions of archaic knowledge to behold more accurately than any man or woman before some basic truth of nature. Isaac Newton saw an apple falling and beheld the simple phenomenon with - he discovered the theory of gravity. It’s hard to believe he was the first man in thousands of years to see this common act of nature so penetratingly.
Copernicus and Galileo looked at the heavens with fascination — and without bias; they saw what the sun and earth were actually doing to one another. (The sun wasn’t going around the earth; the earth and other planets were, in fact, going around the sun — and Mars wasn’t really going backwards at times.)
You will find a common thread moving through the lives of all our great creators, inventors, composers. While they may have various problems and hangups, at the time of creation they are as humble as young children — keenly receptive and extremely appreciative. And they give themselves devotedly to their work.
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