Seeing a miracle will inspire you, but knowing you are a miracle will change you.
~ Deborah Brodie
Every time we wake up from the night’s sleep, we have the opportunity again to experience this world. This world as we know it, is hosted on planet earth. The earth, a blue sphere floating just the right distance from the sun so it has just the right condition to support lifeforms, rotating and revolving at the same time along with the other planets in sun’s solar system. This solar system, among many other solar systems, is located at outer edge of the Milky Way galaxy. And there are many many other galaxies out there. The earth is just a little speck in the infinite universe. And we are just a tiny part of the earth. Isn’t that amazing?
This picture was taken by Voyager 1 on 14 February 1990, before it left the solar system, by the request of Carl Sagan (1934-1996) the author & astronomer. It’s the earth from almost 6 billion km away. He described the picture:
That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Here’s an excellent comic rendition of the above quote by the talented Gavin Aung Than at Zen Pencils.
On this pale blue dot, is everything that we know of. Everything. Since a long time ago, and hopefully a long time after (if humans stops destroying their only home in time). On this tiny speck, we are living this current lifetime. Of the infiniteness of the creation, of the vastness of time and space, we are privileged to have a moment to experience it. How marvelous! How wondrous!
Think about how huge the universe is, how small and tiny earth is compared to the universe. And now think about how perfect a baby’s hands are; or how beautiful a flower is; or how elaborate a peacock’s tail is. Think of your own amazing body – how you can do what you do without much effort. We take things for granted most of the time. If we are aware, we will often be taken aback by the perfectness of creation. Look at this youtube video Wonderful World narrated by David Attenborough.
It put things into perspective about how precious, gorgeous, and wonderful this lifetime is. And we being here now is nothing short of miraculous. And when we remember that, we wouldn’t want to spend it bickering, complaining, being grumpy and unhappy. We want to celebrate and savor every moment with joy, love, and share it with others. We want to live life to the fullest, making the most of this lifetime, to become the best version of ourself, to be of use for others. In my guru’s words: to live, love, laugh, and give.
The universe is trillions of years old, our galaxy and planet are billions of years old. The human race is a few million years old, while the average human life is seventy years. It’s a very short life. It must be celebrated, it must be lived. Life is not a challenge that needs to be faced. Nor is it an enemy that needs to be fought. For that matter, it’s not a problem that needs solving either. It’s a flowing river, and all we need to do is to flow with it. Live. Love. Laugh. Give.
~ If Truth Be Told, A Monk’s Memoir, Om Swami
My guru’s memoir, where I got the above quote from, is now available internationally in ebook format from Amazon.