Jesus said, The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest. (86)
Patterson and Maeyer: [Foxes have] their dens and birds have their nests, but human beings have no place to lay down and rest.
Foxes aand birds have a long way to go in traversing the evolutionary ladder until they can step off into the angelic levels of existence. Human beings, however, are standing on the top rungs of their present evolution, and if they are awakened they are looking for the means to take that step and exchange earthly, material life for a life increasingly more and more in the spirit. This being so, there is no real home or resting place for those evolved enough to understand that they are not the body nor even the mind, but the spirit. So they say with Rumi:
Thus o’er the angels’ world I wing my way
Onwards and upwards, unto boundless lights;
Then let me be as nought, for in my heart
Rings as a harp-song that we must return to Him.
Although we think of the dead when we say the words: “Rest in the Eternal grant unto them, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon them,” it is a prayer for all questing human beings: a prayer for all the living; a prayer for Life. For the Eternal is the only Goal of all evolving consciousnesses.
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