Sabian Symbols: An Indian weaving a blanket
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
15th degree of Aries (14°- 15°)
Living more and more as a realised being
Finding an inner balance of polarities, we are raised into cosmic consciousness. At first only momentary, we revisit this higher state repeatedly, holding it for longer periods. Mystics metaphorically refer to this as being robed in the universe, weaving a seamless robe, or spiritual vesture. Becoming a unique being of light, this is the fulfilment of our desire to differentiate and express ourselves entirely creatively.
AN INDIAN WEAVING A CEREMONIAL BLANKET
An Indian weaving a ceremonial blanket
An Indian weaving a blanket
Sanctifying ordinary things shows great personal wisdom and leads to harmony
The simple business of life is able to give a sense of great personal satisfaction; just meeting our own personal needs and taking care of very basic matters is as meaningful as any activity.
A highly developed person makes everything look both easy and important, demonstrating high principles by doing mundane tasks properly. The Indian’s diligence is not only shown in anticipating the survival need to guard against cold nights, but also creating beauty, continuing a sacred tradition, and developing personal skills and qualities.
When we place this idea into a cultural context, we see how a range of arts and talents are to be learned in order to live in keeping with our community. The development of such abilities not only enhances the culture but also stabilises the individual ego.
It is this ego-centring, as much as the learning of skills, which enables us to experience deeper self-awareness. Through these two processes, self-service and community service, the ability to bring about desired objectives is fixed. Being ourselves is then entirely enough to achieve our highest goals and, at the same time, enjoy life to the full.
This is the difference between achieving success and being successful. The best grounding of these most subtle understandings takes place when we learn simply to be who we are, and how to cope with life. There are enough little day-to-day challenges to keep us focused on the matter in hand, and these demands upon our skills and artfulness are important lessons – in fact examinations.
We are therefore advised to be diligent – to get on top of things in the ordinary daily life circumstances that we have, so that all necessary skills become embodied as personality traits. Whenever we do anything to the best of our ability, as an act of sacredness, then life becomes a simple demonstration of personal excellence.
Indeed, there is no better demonstration of the genius of our highest being than persistently to engage fully and quietly in doing what needs to be done, and doing it excellently well.
Otherwise what? No merit is to be found in the acceptance of the daily round as dull, or simply in service of our need for comfort and security. In that case, external results may show shallow signs of success in material terms, yet on the inner planes, little is gained.