Old Age, the Body and Vanity.

 

The messenger.

[Missing from between 04.01.11. ”Hope” and  05.01.11. ”The Pendulum Swings”]

In the self-designated First World of the so-called civilized peoples our vanity is such that we even have to find a euphemism for “old” in reference to the human body although, paradoxically, we make every effort to extend its life across the entire spectrum of possibilities.
The underlying flaw in all this is our excessive identification with our body as our main identity instead of viewing it for what it is – a temporary vehicle serving a temporary purpose; a vehicle we should accept, respect and nurture but not worship vaingloriously.
What is required for spiritual progress is non-attachment to the body in the course of attaining non-attachment to all things.

 

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book.
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