Essay: Epiphany…

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something

One of many qualities that sets humankind apart from other living creatures is our ability to radically change the course of our lives.

A plant stays stationed within the sphere its planted all through its life span. As close as domestic pets are to humans, I have not seen any evidence of a radical change in their habits and instincts. All other animals have shown no significant sign of incremental development through knowledge transfer in comparison humankind’s.

From small changes to our daily routine or habits, to radical ones that lead to; healthier lifestyle, better relationships, or completely different vocational or career path.

And we have not stopped! From the Garden of Eden to; caves, huts, villages, cities and mega cities. We have defiled gravity with airplanes, conquered the seas with vessels, and space with rockets and satellites.

We are able to achieve all this because we posses the ability to ask questions, envision possibilities, process and pass on knowledge to our off-springs. Our quest for knowledge is the main catalyst for these epiphany moments.

Most change-makers encounter this experience at a crucial point in their hunger and thirst for answers to life’s questions, thereby leading to various degrees of change or re-orientation from their original path.

As a result, these people were able to challenge the status-quo and turn their world upside down. They challenged; stereotypes, cultural norms, traditions, ideologies, institutions, popular culture, life styles, political systems, theories, spirituality, science, authorities etc., compelling others to re-think their position and re-align their paradigms.

I firmly believe that this experience is not reserved for a handful of “special” people, but available to all seekers.

In The Rabbi’s own words;

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Wow…! In our quest for more, the gateway to Epiphanies is opened.

So friends, as we yield our lives for the greater good, we open our hearts and minds to sudden manifestations of the very essence or meaning of life.

~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Content and Packaging

Content and Packaging…

In the Rabbi’s effort to explain the importance of Content and Packaging, he took the minds of his audience to a winepress.

In those days, once the grapes were pressed, they are poured into wineskins (a bag made from goat skin for example, and used for holding and dispensing wine) and sealed.

The newly pressed wine finds a lovely new home, fitting perfectly to the space within the wineskins. But If the same wine is dispensed, and poured into new wineskins, it suddenly expands as a result of change in temperature and other factors, thereby splitting the wineskin. In the words of Zig Ziglar,

“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure”.

Friends, we will be doing ourselves and humanity a disservice if what we have on the inside cannot effectively find expression outwardly, and vice versa.

So content and packaging. Not one or the other.


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Breaking Bad…

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”…

The words of The Rabbi explaining the battle between the spirit (future self), and flesh (present self) to His Apprentices. Their future self was willing to stand with him, but their present self was unable to execute their good intentions.

Every other week, I come in contact with someone battling with similar challenges. Someone trying to; stop a destructive habit, break out of an unhealthy relationship, pursue their business idea…

Sometimes it takes more than will power to do what’s right, once we know what’s right.