I made a mistake when I was young.
It took me decades to recognize that I had made the mistake.
I will do what I can to make sure that you don’t make the same error.
What was that mistake?
I’ll tell you. But first some background.
Buddhist sages have exhorted lay followers to practice Dharma and consciously follow a spiritual path. The Indian sage Shankara spoke about the endless striving after pleasure, sex and wealth and how this led persons astray and away from the path of genuine happiness.
St. Timothy beseeched everyone to flee youthful passions, pursue righteousness and call on the Lord from a pure heart.
My mother knew about all of them and more and tried hard to get me to read works by the Great Masters and live by their words.
I wasn’t having any of it.
I wanted ‘success’ now. Far from fleeing youthful pleasure, I indulged to the hilt. And I continued to batter my head on brick walls until I realized a great truth.