A young boy left his home in search of truth. He met many people; he became richer in awareness of his ignorance. Since people went to forests to meditate, he too went to a thick forest. He did not know how to meditate. So he screamed at the forest to give him knowledge. For years his only mantra was screaming at the forest to give him knowledge. He believed that if you are committed, existence will help you.
One day, a monk came to him. He asked: “What do you want, my son?” “I want to know what the meaning of life is,” he replied. “Go to the town. The first three persons that you meet will give you the meaning of life,” the monk replied.
The boy went to the town. The first man he met was doing carpentry work. The next man he met was doing sheet metal work. The third man he met was making strings. Disappointed, he sat on the bank of a river. Suddenly, he heard the sweet strains of violin music. Something mysterious touched him. He suddenly got the answer he was looking for and he started dancing.
The carpenter was preparing the wood for the violin. The sheet metal worker was preparing metal for the strings and the strings were meant for the violin. Life has everything; all you need is to be able to connect the dots. You need to work out new combinations. And for that you need creative perception.
Life has all the ingredients. Be creative. Don’t let yourself feel victimized.
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- You might think that what is easy is beautiful, that what is easy is joy. You are a victim of such illusions. Difficulty has such a joy. Discovery has such a joy. Seeking out has such a joy.
- You have to change the notion that difficulty is pain. In exercise, there is difficulty but also joy. In sports, there is difficulty but there is joy. In your relationships, when there is difficulty, treat it as joy. Just re-programme your mind.
The master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure – and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper.
The master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, “You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.”
Source | Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom,
(Doubleday, 1986) page. 23
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- The shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story
Truth entered a village naked as the day she was born. The villagers had one look at the naked truth and were afraid of the stark harshness and drove her out in anger and malice.
Dejected, the Truth wandered in the desert. Without food and nourishment, she weakened and would have soon died of loneliness. One day she got to the home of the Parable. Parable took her in, nursed her back to life. Soon the Truth was feeling well again. This time she returned to the same village clothed in a parable and was welcome and accepted with ease.
Source | Unknown
PONDER AND CONSIDER
Whenever, and wherever stories are told – be it through teaching, preaching, counselling, spiritual companionship, management – a chord is plucked within the understanding of the listeners. Often the story is heard by the ear, but listened to by the sub-conscious mind where its deeper meaning resides.
A follower asked, “You said that no desire, no action. no virtue, no truth are the Four Laws and the Way to Peace and Joy. But I do not see how there can be joy when there is no existence.”
The One Lord, the Messiah, answered, “What a wonderful question. I will tell you again. It is only nothing that can give rise to something. If it were in something, Peace and Joy would never be. And why? Take for example a mountain filled with forest. The leaves and branches of the trees spread shade everywhere. Surely this mountain forest does not seek birds and animals, but they all come here on their own to nest and gather.
“Or think of a great sea that draws all the rivers and springs and is vast without limits and deep beyond measure, Surely this ocean does not seek fish and scaly creatures. But they all dwell there on their own.
“Those of you who seek Peace and Joy are like these birds and fish. You need only pacify your minds and live quietly. Then in practicing these teachings, you will not have to seek Peace and Joy, they will simply be there like the forest and the ocean.This is how nothing gives rise to something.”
Source | Thomas Moore & Ray Riegert (Editors) The Lost Sutras of Jesus. Unlocking the Ancient Wisdom of the Xian Monks, pages 80-81
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- The first law is no desire. Your heart seeks one thing after another, creating a multitude of problems. you must not allow them to flare up. Desires are like the roots of plants. Since they are buried deep below the earth you can’t see them and don’t know they are damaged until the buds of the plant begin to wither and die. desire in the human heart can’t be recognized from the outside either. Desire can sap wholesome energy from the four limbs and the body’s openings, turning it into unwholesome activity. This cuts us off from the roots of Peace and Joy. That is why you must practice the law of no desire.
- The second law is no action. Doing things for mundane reasons is not part of your true being. You have to cast aside vain endeavors and avoid shallow experiences. otherwise you are deceiving yourself. It’s like being aboard a ship adrift on the ocean. The sea water rolls and swells with the wind, creating waves that force the ship this way and that way. There is no peace on board, everyone is worrying they will sink. We live our lives veering this way and that: We do things for the sake of progress and material gain, neglecting what is truly important and losing sight of the Way. That is why you must distance yourself from the material wold and practice the law of no action.
- The third law is no virtue . Don’t try to find pleasure by making a name for yourself through good deeds. Practice instead universal loving kindness that is directed towards everyone. Never seek praise for what you do. Consider the earth. It produces and nurtures a multitude of creatures, each receiving what it needs. Words cannot express the benefits the earth provides. Like the earth, you are at one with Peace and Joy when you practice the laws and save living creatures. But do it without acclaim. This is the law of no virtue.
- The fourth law is no truth. Don’t be concerned with facts, forget about right and wrong, sinking or rising, winning or losing. Be like a mirror . It reflects one and all; blue, yellow and all other colors; long, short, any size. It reflects everything as it is, without judging. Those who have awakened to the Way, who have attained the mind of Peace and Joy, who can see all karmic conditions and who share their enlightenment with others, reflect the world like a mirror, leaving no trace of themselves.
Source | Thomas Moore & Ray Riegert (Editors) The Lost Sutras of Jesus. Unlocking the Ancient Wisdom of the Xian Monks, pages 81-83