At the outset, please hear me out – I’ve said this before, I will say it again – I ain’t, and have never been a religious man.
Not one iota, not one smidgeon, I dislike how people follow “cultishly” religion (Which basically is “God” spoken in different languages and tones to me!) to an extent where they can literally kill, maim, crusade and so forth over it..
I’m not against religious beliefs or any religion in particular either, neither am I a Karl Marx follower, but I do believe he was somewhat spot on in terms of his famous line “religion is the opium of the masses”.
If you think about what has been going on down the ages, and even today, well…
Anyway, like I was telling my little girl the other day (she’s 9, but she’ll always be a little baby for me – can you identify, doting dads? Hehe) …
I was trying to explains Signs from the Universe to her, how “cats” – either black or white – are a good thing in general – and much more, and ..
“I dont believe in God”, I went.
“But there are signs from the Universe, the Universe speak to us all the time, and we cannot ignore it!”
She pooh poohed some of this – externally, but she got my drift internally, I could tell which is what counts (and hey, expecting a 9 year old listening to her old man drone on about this, hehe…)
Although every time I use the term old man she claims I’m “anything but old” …
Anyway – so I’ve no idea why 57 is the number of Christ, but from what it seems it is, or something similar.
If Im wrong, I do stand corrected.
But I saw it in my dreams last night, now I see a hell of a lot of things in my dreams, most that come true later, but when my Uncle that passed away in 2013, curiously enough the only one (along with a couple of others) that really liked me (in our family I’m very proudly “the black skeleton”, hehe, or black sheep, or skeleton in the closet, and so forth) … and 2013, being the year I returned to China after a bit of a hiatus, well, when he shows up in my dreams, and he does so very often, I THINK more.
While trying to decipher the message, a segment from the Bhagwad Gita – and a lot more, actually (my dreams usually have multi layered messages that have to be literally deciphered for hours like code) – came to mind.
Again, I aint a religious man.
And when it comes to India, I’m not necessarily in favor of jettisoning English either like the current admin is hell bent on doing, look, it’s one thing to be proud of one’s own language, way too few Indians are, but it’s another to be AGAINST a language which, lets be honest, is still the only global language out there besides Spanish (ok, if you go to China thats different, but other than China!).
Even Russia speaks SOME amount of English ..
Anyway – I think it was “paragraph 57 – and verse 2” or something like that which gave the definition of being what I call true detachment.
Or, “he who is a true sage” – or seer, as I’ve been called, but lets leave ME out of it, I dont have any plans to start year long meditations any time soon! …
Let me see if I can quote the precise verse.
One who remains unattached under all conditions, and is neither delighted by good fortune nor dejected by tribulation, he is a sage with perfect knowledge.
Or, lets phrase it the way the great Rudyard Kipling did it in his poem –
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same…
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
(in the famous poem “If”) …
You see “enlightenment” (which is what the poem was about) or “detachment” (Which is something all the gurus talk about, precious few of them themselves are truly detached from anything) which is key to #1 – cuts across cultures, languages, religious “divides” and so forth …
Anyway, 57 – I saw a wrestling match and clubs in my dream along with many other things, and a countdown going on, many other things.
I doubt y’all be interested in any of that. Hehe. Other than certain readers on this list who love the spiritual stuff…
But I had to tell you, when my Uncle speaketh from the “heavens” (if you believe in such a thing) then it’s important…
But anyway, this is the same sort of thing you need to master, or get close to mastering when it comes to fitness. Especially when you first begin, but long into your journey as well.
Ultimately, you have to remember this- you SHOW up daily, but you dont FORCE the outcome, or even try to.
You may want to at times, it’s but human to do so …
But it’s when you can show up daily and just do without really being attached to the result or outcome in any way (and I mean any way) – and this usually happens when you’re already at a certain point fitness wise – then you know you’re getting someplace.
It’s one thing to want.
It’s yet another thing to NEED.
And once you decipher the vibes and meanings of these two words, well, I wont need to be lecturing you on any of this. Hehe.
Anyway – plenty of spirituality if you can notice in a brutally hard hitting honest manner from yours truly (if you care enough to notice it, lots notice just the fitness, and thats fine!) – in the 0 Excuses Fitness System.
If you ain’t yet got it, well, as the lovely lady said (I’ll keep her identity a secret for NOW), well, “chop chop”, as they say.
And thats that.