Nicolae Tanase: Sally, what is the meaning of life?
Sally Kempton: When I was young, I believed that the meaning of life was in our relationships with others and with our own work. As I got older, it seemed to me that the meaning of life is self-knowledge and love.
For many years, I found life’s meaning in my intention to keep growing into greater oneness with the great Heart, with the Divine. However, I’ve come to feel that life, just as it is, is intrinsically meaningful. The power within life, the power that creates life and lives it, is naturally and unself-consciously profound, just as it is. Nothing extra needs to be done to make life meaningful, or to extract meaning from it. Life contains its own meaning, and its meaning is in its very existence itself.
So, if there is anything to be done to ‘find’ life’s meaning, or to feel that your life has more meaning, it seems to be to commit yourself to being deeply present for this extraordinary feast of meaningfulness that is your life, and the life around you. Its meaning is itself. Your self. My self. The love that expresses itself as all this, ever unfolding.
~Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation, Sally has been practicing and teaching for forty years. A disciple of the great Indian guru Swami Muktananda, she spent twenty years as a teaching swami (monk) in the Saraswati order of Indian monks. In her guru’s ashram, she received a traditional training in yoga philosophy and practice, and became a popular teacher, deeply versed in the teachings and practices of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism.
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