There are not too many ways to get around in this self-same body without the use of any conveyance. I would say you could walk, run, crawl or swim and that’s about it. Forget about flying by thrusting yourself off a cliff. We just don’t have, as a human, the mechanism to float through the air. The human frame has got its limitations. Oh, how we can admire an eagle in flight or even an earthworm burying through the soil!
The advantage of being a human is the gift of cultivating our spiritual potential. Our ancient literature with roots from the Vedas offers hope in this regard. There are at least four ways to approach the Absolute. Perhaps we could call them the “walk, run, crawl or swim“ spiritual paths, with “walking“ being the super-most approach.
The Vedas talk about the path to Bhagavan, the personality of Godhead, Paramatma, the witness-God within us, Brahman, the light pervasive energy, and then one might consider the Virat-rupa, the Universal Form, for contemplation. All are good, as long as we begin a process and target to the ultimate aim—devotion to the Supreme Person.
In the Bhagavad-gita reading, this morning, I came upon verse 12:1, in which Arjuna, Krishna’s warrior-friend, asked which of the two approaches presented to him is superior: the personal avenue to freedom, or the impersonal avenue—that of Brahman? Krishna answers that.
May the Source be with you!