Yesterday Christians celebrated the feast of “epiphany.” The day primarily commemorates the visit of the Three Magi to the baby Jesus, revealing his Christ nature to the world. Catholics traditionally take their Christmas tree down the day after Epiphany. In honour of this feast, I thought I’d post something from another very wise man. In this age of religious radicalization, Eknath Easwaran reminds us how all of us need to have a higher purpose in life.
There comes a time in the growth of civilizations, as with individuals, when the life-and-death questions of material existence have been answered, yet the soul still thirsts and physical challenges cease to satisfy. Then we stand at a crossroads, for without meaningful aspiration, the human being turns destructive. Like a snake that must shed its skin to grow, our industrial civilization must shed its material outlook or strangle in outgrown ideals whose constructive potential has been spent. – Eknath Easwaran, Thought for the Day