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The Zen of Water Sking

The Zen of Water Sking

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The Zen of Water Sking
By Betty Bland
WATER SKIING is a sport that requires a good sense of balance that does notrely on any external prop. The constant motion of the water gives no reliablefoundation, and although the rope is pulling the skier, the skier cannot pull on therope. Novice skiers can have plenty of frustration until they learn to rely on thecentral balance point. As any good skier knows, one must maintain an interiorbalance somewhere just below the solar plexus, somewhat like the balance of agyroscope. From this balance point, the shock of the waves can be absorbed byflexing one's knees and the pull of the rope can be equalized.One's relationship to life in many ways resembles the skier's relationship to ropeand water. In life, we are buffeted by troubled waters--emotional and circumstan
tial. We are catapulted forward by time and pushed back by our own limitations.Dealing with these difficulties gracefully would seem an impossible task, were itnot for the knowledge that there is a reliable center that is un
affected by theturbulence. Somewhere deep inside each one of us is the divine spark, the innerself, which par
takes of the divine universals: power of presence, reliableawareness, and eternal bliss (Sat, Chit, and Ananda). We may not consciouslyrecognize these attributes of our center of being, but life's ups and downs canteach us that this interior self is ultimately the only true point of refer
ence. As weseek to expand our contact with that center, its realities become clearer.
In her foreword to
The Doctrine of the Heart,
Annie Besant speaks of the need tobalance opposites in a spir
itually attuned life. On the one hand, we as aspirantsare told to be without desire, without passion, unmoved by the vicissitudes of life.Yet on the other hand, we are constantly exhorted to feel the anguish of everysuffering creature as if it were our own. One should be uninvolved, and at thesame time deeply involved. In other words, it is necessary to operate from thatbalance point which can only be found in the eternal unitive Self.A similar dilemma appears in the little spiritual guide
book written by Krishnamurtias a young boy, At
the Feet of the 
Master. In it four qualifications are given for thespiritual life: discrimination, desirelessness, right conduct, and love. In thediscussion of the second—desirelessness
the aspirant is told to have no care forcomforts, powers, cleverness, or even approbations and to stay out of other

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