30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 13 featuring Hari Prasad Shastri
“The most important thing in life is neither marriage, nor a degree at a university, nor living in comfort and plenty. It is the will to learn.”
This is absolutely one of my favorite quotes. The drive to never stop learning is what I think keeps us youthful. It also keeps us humble and increasingly wise. I like this quote because it teaches us that the material things are irrelevant in comparison to the mere drive to learn. Marriage, a university degree, living in comfort are all superficial driving forces that ultimately leave us looking for more. Without a will to continually learn; they falter or lose meaning.
So how do we stay hungry to learn? I think the trick is to allow yourself to be excited by all the things out there you don’t know; all the answers to questions you don’t have! To be humble in the face of things you don’t understand instead of frustrated or defiant. I’ve learned that one of the ways I can stay happiest is by permitting myself to feel awe. For example, to look at a forest of really old trees and wonder about all they’ve been through. Or to look at the roundness of a bumblebee and wonder how something so seemingly non-aerodynamic can fly all day long. To meet new people and question what makes them tick or marvel at their uniqueness. This sense of wonder compels me to keep learning. It also reminds me that the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. This realization also keeps me humble and curious.
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