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In India, time is an abstract, relative notion. Nothing runs on time. A party called for eight o’clock implicitly means ten o’clock. It can take days to accomplish a simple task like mailing a parcel. Trains do not run on schedule. They can arrive hours late, days late, or sometimes not at all. To the Western mind, this is chaos. Certainly it is disorganized. But the underlying cause is not that India is simply inefficient, there is a fundamental spiritual and psychological difference.
Central to Hinduism and Buddhism is the notion of reincarnation. There are many lives, infinite lives, all with the purpose of reaching a perfected state of consciousness, at which point one rejoins to the eternal. There is no goal in this life other than to raise one’s consciousness. All else is empty.
The only path is to live in the moment, to use your feeling of inner joy as a compass for your life’s direction. Anything which brings you joy is a step closer to your true self, anything which brings you discontent is movement away. Trust yourself and yourself only; listen to yourself and yourself only.