“Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings. Contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don’t realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you, and when death comes, you are ready.”
—Tao Te Ching
Translation by Stephen Mitchell
“Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin!”
Even though we may have great success in our professional lives and have built financial wealth, there is still something missing from our lives. Is this not true? This is the premise of the book. We still yearn to fill that void. I have it, many of my friends have it, and if this book resonates with you, then you have it as well. So, people are suffering. We all suffer; I suffer and you suffer. I want to really get to the point of what it is that is missing from our lives and what are the solutions.
As I have explained in earlier chapters, I realized something in my life, through this journey, this pain, the suffering and then the liberation of it, too. This realization was so important to me, and I would like to share some of the things one can do on the journey to cross the rapids of the spiritual river in ease and grace. What is the path to freedom? What would Krishna tell Arjuna on the battlefield at Kurukshetra? What would the Buddha say to an aspiring Bodhisattva? And how would Jesus speak to Wall Street or one of His disciples?
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