December 1, 2008

HOLDING A VISION….

Posted in Messages, Philosophy, Religion tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:52 pm by randallbutisingh

HOLDING A VISION….

“Our greatest mistake, in my opinion, is to think that human spirituality is somehow already understood and established. If history tells us anything it is that human culture and knowledge are constantly evolving. Only individual opinions are fixed and dogmatic. Truth is more dynamic than that, and the great joy of life is in letting go, in finding our own special truth that is ours to tell, and then watching the synchronistic way this truth evolves and takes a clearer form, just when it is needed to impact someone’s life.”

“Together we are going somewhere, each generation building upon the accomplishments of the previous one, destined for an end that we can only dimly remember. We are all in the process of awakening and opening up to who we really are, and what we came here to do, which is often a very difficult task. Yet I firmly believe that if we always integrate the best of the traditions we find before us and keep the process in mind, each challenge along the way, each impersonal irritation can be overcome with a sense of destiny and miracle.”

“I don’t mean to minimize the formidable problems still facing humanity, only to suggest that each of us in our own way is involved in the solution. If we stay aware and acknowledge the great mystery that is this life, we will see that we have been perfectly placed, in exactly the right position …. to make all the difference in the world.”

James Redfield – Foreword to “The Tenth Insight” – Holding the Vision -1996.

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Comment from Cyril Bryan:

Today, December 1, 2008 is the 96th birthday of Randall Butisingh and I have the honor of writing the entry for this date as guest contributor to Randall’s Weblog

James Redfield is the author of two best-selling books “The Celestine Prophecy” and “The Tenth Insight”. His hope in these books, written in the 1990’s, was to communicate what he called a “consensus picture”, a livid portrait of the new perceptions, feelings, and phenomena that would define life in the new millennium.

I have selected the James Redfield quotation above as I believe it reflects the humanistic philosophy held by “Teacher Randall”, and also that held by me. James Redfield talks about “watching the synchronistic way this truth evolves”, or going with the flow and being fully aware of your role in this life and seeing the linkages of how you are led into situations that could make the positive difference with and for others…. especially if that difference can affect the world positively.

Randall’s writings reflect his philosophy of service, education, lifelong learning, ageless wisdom, and most of all the interwoven realities of mankind that transcend race, class and religion. He is an inspiration to me and many others as how a life could and should be lived in service to all Mankind, where age is only a number and he challenges us all to emulate him…. “It is never too late to learn!”

Happy Birthday to you, Teacher Randall and we hope that you have many more as we look forward to your ongoing influence in the years ahead. We know that being busy keeps you going! God Bless You!

– Cyril Bryan: Guest contributor

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1 Comment »

  1. patanjali ramlall said,

    Guru CB,
    I am indeed fortunate to have had you and Guru Butisingh as former teachers at Lusignan Anglican School. Writing on this blog, AFTER FORTY-SEVEN YEARS AND MORE, and catching up with you both makes my life quite interesting. I must say though, that your dad, the late CGH Bryan, Headmaster, had a profound effect on my education and future. I was one of his favourite students and I picked up some of the pearls that he threw my way. Most of all, I must admit that Chadwick Yearwood is a Teacher of Teachers, and I was fortunate enough to have him for three successive years, fourth to sixth standards. There are a few more, including Cyril Sarju, but I was not in his class.

    Anyway, I join with you in congratulating Teacher and former Headmaster, Randall Butisingh on being 96 not out, and still going for his maiden century. Imagine, at age ninety-six this young man still teaches, and HIS STAGE IS THE WORLD.
    I learnt to count my blessings – you gurus ARE some of my blessings.

    Teacher Randall, please hold on to that flame that is our beacon.

    Patanjali.


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