October 17th, 2012

Hu design


Amid the latest administrative instability in my department, I've been learning about some of the ugly scheming and unethical behavior that some of my colleagues have been up to. It kind of amazes me that I've not been privy to some of this stuff already.

I have a couple of thoughts about this. Even though it may have been perceived to be a mistake for me to have worn my spiritual interests on  my sleeve as much as I did when I arrived here, I'm beginning to think that this may have accomplished a couple of things. Perhaps it sent a message to some people (who generally fail to understand such interests) that I am some kind of fundi for whom principles are more important than popularity. If so, it may actually have shielded me from opportunities to participate in unethical activity. For that, I am grateful, even though the experience has been somewhat isolating and mystifying.

In a related vein, I considered the other day that, even though I may no longer be so involved socially in my spiritual pursuits (and no longer as attached to the form of my practices), this does not necessarily represent a failure (as I have been inclined to think), but rather may be a testament to the success of the practices in helping me to become more comfortable with detachment.

Om Kreem Kalyai Namaha,