Facebook is not just bringing seekers together in unprecedented numbers but is also helping them evolve and grow. Can it be the pivot on which the new age is hinged?
“Life is neither a battle to be won, nor a game to be played. It is a joy to be experienced.”
“Often closer home our blindness is the deeper. Closest to home is our own self. It is worthwhile to discover our essential blindness.”
– Kiran Gulrajani
“The tree does not withdraw its shade from the woodcutter. So forgive the one who hurts you. They will realise your worth one day.”
– Anil Suchak
“No one has travelled the road of success without ever crossing the streets of failure. God never promised us an easy journey in life, but only a safe arrival.”
– Nishant Bajaj
“Witness is your deeper self (atman) who knows everything, so when you lie or cheat there is a struggle between that truth and your selfish mind. This stress does not let you realise your potential.”
– Satish Kaku
So who are these wise souls? Some unknown savants, sages or enlightened masters, doubtless? Well, actually, I know them better as facebook friends and this outpouring of wisdom is pretty much par to the course on my facebook home page.
Facebook (fb) is everything to everyone, so it comes as no surprise that for the seeker, facebook is the new sangha.
Where else can you find such an assortment of thoughtful observations, piercing insights, powerful experiences, transforming videos or photographs? Not only is all this wealth offered freely for our delectation but we can interact with those who offer it and thereby attain further clarity. Instead of imbibing wisdom from inaccessible gurus and godmen, we can do so from our very own facebook buddies, who may be gurus in their own right, but who are available to answer our queries and comments. To that extent, fb has removed the vertical structure of spiritual authority and enabled us to interact on a level playing field.
Divyaa Kummar, a Mumbai-based spiritual teacher and facebook regular whose posts on spirituality have impacted many, puts it eloquently,