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Meditation on the Oracle of Apollo in Delphi

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Meditation on the Oracle of Apollo in Delphi

Let’s take a mind trip to the ancient Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Delphi is located in south central Greece on the slopes of Mount Parnasus. It is the last days of winter and the first signs of spring are here. It is Mediterranean weather. We are in front of the Temple of Apollo built around 600 BC. The temple has six columns.

As we walk on the marble floor, our attention is drawn to the many visitors from all over the known world who have come to consult the oracle of Apollo in the sanctuary in front of us. We notice the many statues. We become aware that this is holy ground.

Going through the entry porch, we notice inscriptions in Greek characters. One set of characters stand for Gnothi Seauthon which translated into English means “Know yourself”. Socrates may have read the same inscriptions we are now looking at. Socrates who said: “The unexamined life is not worth living for a person.” And then we realize that this is the most profound question we can ever ask: “Who am I?”

We stop to contemplate the meaning of the words.
“What does it mean for me to know myself?”
“Who am I?”
“Who am I?”
“Who am I?”

We are still at the entry porch to the temple of Apollo in Delphi. We see the tall solid columns. We have been contemplating the inscription “Gnothi Seauthon” “Know yourself.”
And we walk with resolve towards the sanctuary of Apollo for an answer to the question: “Who am I?” As we walk closer we make a strange discovery. The Oracle of Apollo is in our own heart—within us. A place we can enter in stillness whenever we choose. A place we can find out for ourselves who we truly are beyond words, beyond the limits of our thoughts.
Listen now to the Oracle within.

Listen to the deep silence.
Realize the answer to the question: Who am I?
Copyright Kwami E Nyamidie, 2008

 

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