“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” – Henry David Thoreau
Quote for the Day:
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, philosopher,
abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.
He was born on the 12th of July 1817 and died on 6th May 1862 and was a leading transcendentalist.
A core belief of transcendentalism is in the inherent goodness of people and nature. Transcendentalists are strong believers in the power of the individual.
Thoreau is best known for his book ‘Walden’, a reflection upon simple living in natural surrounding.
First published in 1854, ‘Walden’ details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts.
Transcendentalism has been influenced by Indian religions and in ‘Walden Thoreau spoke of the Transcendentalists’ debt to Indian religions directly:
“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the ’Bhagavat Geeta’, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions.
I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma, and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water-jug.”
The ‘Bhagavad Gita’ meaning “Song of the Lord? In Sanskrit, often referred to as simply the ‘Gita’, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata (chapters 25 – 42 of the 6th book of Mahabharata).
The ‘Bhagavad Gita’ presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, the yogic ideals of moksha through jnana, bhakti, karma, and Raja Yoga (spoken of in the 6th chapter) and Samkhya philosophy.
The Sanskrit editions of the ‘Gita’ name each chapter as a particular form of yoga.
The ‘Bhagavad Gita‘s’ call for selfless action inspired many leaders of the Indian independence movement including Bal Gangadhar Tila and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi referred to the ‘Gita’ as his “spiritual dictionary”.
I am using my time up in the Highlands recovering from my injury, in between writing business plans and strategies to take time out to read books on philosophy mainly ancient Greek and Eastern including the ‘Bhagvad Gita’ to help complete my own book, ‘How to be Fit@Fifty – The Elysium Way’ based on my own training and lifestyle philosophy in which I have taken ancient Greek, Eastern and Western philosophy and combined it with dance, sport, yoga, fitness utilising the latest innovative modern technology and collaboration tools to create the Elysium way of life.
Elysium means beautiful, blissful, creative, peaceful, divinely, inspired and perfect.
In Greek mythology, Elysium, also called Elysian Fields or Elysian Plain was originally the paradise to which heroes on whom the gods conferred immortality were sent.
“We name ourselves after our journey. Because we believe wellness is a journey to paradise.”
Have a Thoughtful Thursday peeps, read a book and fully embrace your life.
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream