Saturday, July 6, 2013

But what a difference!

Phaedrus wrote a letter from India about a pilgrimage to holy Mount Kailas, the source of the Ganges and the abode of Shiva, high in the Himalayas, in the company of a holy man and his followers.
He never reached the mountain. After the third day he gave up exhausted, and the pilgrimage went on without him. He said he had the physical strength but that physical strength wasn't enough. He had the intellectual motivation but that wasn't enough either.
He didn't think he had been arrogant but thought that he was undertaking the pilgrimage to broaden his experience, to gain understanding of himself. He was trying to use the mountain for his own purposes and the pilgrimage too. He regarded himself as the fixed entity, not the pilgrimage or the mountain, and thus wasn't ready for it.
He speculated that the other pilgrims, selfless climbers, the ones who reached the mountain, probably sensed the holiness of the mountain so intensely that each footstep was an act of devotion, an act of submission to This Holiness. The holiness of the mountain infused into their own spirits enabled them to endure far more than anything he, with his greater physical strength, could take.
To the untrained eye, ego-climbing and selfless climbing may appear identical. Both kinds of climbers place one foot in front of the other. Both breathe in and out at the same rate. Both stop when tired. Both go forward when rested.
But what a difference! 
The ego-climber is like an instrument that's out of tune, (a trader out of rhythm).
He puts his foot down an instant too soon or too late.
He's likely to miss a beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees.
He goes on when the sloppiness of his step shows he's tired.
He rests at odd times.
He looks up the trail trying to see what's ahead even when he knows what's ahead because he just looked a second before.
He goes too fast or too slow for the conditions and when he talks, his talk is forever about somewhere else, something else.
He's here but he's not here.
He rejects the here, is unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then it will be "here" again.
What he's looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn't want that because it is รข€‹all around him. Every step's an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.
--Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

15 comments:

venkatapathy l said...
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venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir.

The moment I read 'Phaedrus' I knew. It is the one book I read several times. First time when I read it in 1981 I could not comprehend. Later I realized the importance imparting 'Quality' in every activity of our life.

It is life changing. Apart from 'Osho' this is the one book which I would like to possess, read and read whenever I feel like. Time; of course I can always create.

Thanks master.

Love and regards.

LV

Piyush Sharda said...

good one as usual sir

Crorepathi said...

Beautiful, I hope EW helps a trader to stay with the rhythm.

HARISH TAHKKAR said...

I imagine profit goals and become mindless to be price climber,
fully digested ego but trying to develop new height of patience
to enter trade after confirmations of valid signals with filters.
I can see " What a diffirence can I achieve ! "

D.S.SASAN said...

Good Morning Sir and blog mates.
Good learning Master.

J.R.Julius said...

Pranams Master Mr.Illango
Pranams Master Mr.Dinesh Rishi

senthilkumar balasubaramaniam said...

Good Mrng Master and seniors....

i am a person with no knowledge in charts or technical analysis. i would like to learn it. is there a course or an institute to learn it... pls guide

satheesh said...
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satheesh said...

Namaste Ilango Sir and all,

Sir a request. If possible please upload the Stock TA Files.

sarvesh said...

good evening, sir! this "EGO CLIMBER" is me. no rhythm and too much restlessness...surviving bcoz of this blog..but goes out of sync too often..how to practice?

rajiv malik said...

Nifty (5,867.9)

The Nifty too gyrated in a narrow band before closing 26 points higher last week. It could not get past the first resistance at 5,910 and rebounded from 5,760.

Traders can hold their long positions with stop-loss at 5,750. If the index holds above this level, it can move higher to 5,966 or 6,094 in the days ahead.

But break below 5,750 will drag the index lower to 5,734 or 5,694.

The short-term view will stay positive as long as the index holds above 5,694.

Breach of this level will mean that the index could decline to 5,570 or 5,492. The 5,500 level needs to be breached strongly to usher in a further fall to 5,380 or 5,180.

courtesy- hindu businessline

rajiv malik said...

Not to do what you feel like doing is freedom.
-- Swami Chinmayananda

arvind Kapur said...

Really liked the weekend story posted. Illango ji, there is more to you than just imparting technical knowledge and notes. Your this selfless quality is really the best part of you

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