Tuesday, November 2, 2010
THE INNER SOUL REMAINS
Venus de Milo, Paris, France
Egyptian Royalty, London, England
“The world and its desires pass away, but the man that does the will of God lives forever.”--1 John 2:17
“Deep within abides another life, not like the life of the senses, escaping sight, unchanging. This endures when all created things have passed away.”--Hinduism
“When looking at ancient buildings and at monuments constructed thousands of years ago, we see that decorations and ornaments have vanished. Even walls and roofs have crumbled. Only foundations and central pillars remain. Similarly, the limbs and extremities of ancient statues often have fallen away, leaving only those portions supported by strong central structures.
The same is true in our lives. The ever-changing outer world gradually teaches us to look for and appreciate inner, more lasting values. Ultimately we are led to the realization that only our inner spirit remains untouched by change. The innermost nature of our being remains steadfast through all passing joys and pains. It is at the core of our being that our lives touch the Eternal, and it is from here that we derive our true strength.”--Jeffrey Moses, Oneness
The goddess of love in her original grandeur was the idealized form of human beauty and perfection. The Egyptian royalty represented the ultimate in human power and strength. Both are now the poster child for all the vanishing worldly things that never survive this existence. I’ve observed close relatives who worked all their lives to build a life and a secure home. If you live long enough, that can literally all slowly vanish by the time you breathe your last breath of life. And then what remains? Perhaps the most precious thing you have possessed all of your life and the one eternal thing that absolutely defines you.