Friendship by Paul Constant
Friendship. A word with as much connotation as God, Love, or Enlightenment. What does friendship mean to you, the spiritual seeker?
These days, we see many trite statements in books, web sites, and videos that postulate the impossibility of someone helping in your search for Truth because we as seekers and helpers are an illusion. Conversely, some argue that a teacher or friend can fix all woes. I beg to differ on both accounts.
Friendship on the spiritual path—true friendship—is far more than a mundane relationship between fellow human beings. True friendship isn’t based on an expectation of reward in return for extending a helping hand. Spiritual friends work together because they take joy in lending honest support for others who are adrift in the same boat.
In its deepest manifestation, friendship occurs in direct rapport that cuts through all disagreements between fellows. Disagreements are usually where friendships go awry—our friends don’t meet our expectations, and therefore we can’t bring ourselves to look beyond the superficial flaws for the greater objective. On the other hand, I’m not an advocate for allowing people to walk over one another. In fact, we shouldn’t be afraid to serveas honest mirrors in showing others their flawed beliefs.
When true friendship manifests, you will feel it, not think it. It is gratitude at the deepest level—gratitude for having crossed paths. And it’s a profound appreciation for all who struggled on the path ahead of you to bring about a seemingly random mingling of spiritual friends.
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