“But I want to be with God all the time…I want to learn how to live in this world and enjoy its delights, but also devote myself to God…”
Ketut said he could answer my question with a picture.
He showed me a sketch he’d drawn once during meditation. It was an androgynous human figure, standing up, hands clasped in prayer. But this figure had four legs and no head. Where the head should have been, there was only a wild foliage of ferns and flower. There was a small smiling face drawn over the heart.
“To find the balance you want,” Ketut spoke,
“This is what you must become.
You must keep your feet grounded
so firmly on the earth that
it’s like you have four legs,
instead of two.
That way, you can stay in the world.
But you must stop looking
at the world through your head.
You must look though your heart instead.
That way, you will know God.”
Favourite passages from Eat, Pray, Love 📖