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An oldie but a goodie, the Parable of the Sower and the Seed tells us of our relationship to God's presence within, and what happens if we nurture it, or simply cast it away. It's always up to you!
Once upon a time, Jesus approached a town on his journey. Word had spread of his arrival, and soon a great crowd came together around him and people from this town and the next village. As they listened to his words, he said in a parable.
“Listen!... A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up since they had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, they were scorched, and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them, yielding no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and...
The Parable of Wanting God tells the remarkable tale of a Hermit who is absolutely brutal - and uses this brutal-ness to inflict lessons of wisdom and enlightenment to all who meet him... Pray you do not have to, save for in this short cartoon ^_^
A Taoist story tells of an older man who accidentally fell into the river rapids and was dragged down to the bottom of the river, entirely out of sight. Onlookers feared for his life and rushed down to the riverbank, trying to see him.
Miraculously, as they ran down a river bend, they came to a shallow section, and they found the older man walking out, completely unscathed.
The people all rushed to his side and asked him how he managed to survive.
“I became one with the water, instead of trying to force the water to do what I wanted it to. Plunging into the swirl, I came out with the swirl. I surrendered to the flow, which ebbed up and down naturally. This is how I survived.”
Naturally, we don’t recommend you jump in some rapids and take this literally...but this parable has some great insights if you know how to apply it. Often, spiritual people spend their lives swimming upstream, fighting a powerful current in their...
A young student approached his guru one day and said: "Master, you have spoken so much about karma, but I do not yet understand it. How can I truly learn?"
The guru smiled and gestured for the student to follow. The two walked silently to the edge of the village where workers were busily engaged in making bricks for a house...The two stood and watched the brickmakers' activity for some time, and the guru asked: "Now do you understand karma?"
"No, Master," the student replied. The guru paused and slowly nodded his head. He cleared his throat. "What are the workers doing?"
"Making bricks," the student responded.. "Very good. And what happens to the bricks once they are made?" Said the Guru
"They are put in a stack," the student said. “And then,”? The guru asked. “Well..they are used to build a house!” The student responded, getting more agitated because he could not see what a single brick had to do with karma. The exchange continued, elaborating on...
This is a Burmese teaching story about a tyrant whose armies have laid waste to the country. As he crosses the land, he comes to a stop at a small village and is informed by his generals that the local population has all run away into the hills; everyone, that is, except one monk who refuses to leave his monastery.
Enraged at such impudence, the Tyrant marches directly to the monastery to confront the monk. He kicks in the door and stomps up to the monk, who is meditating peacefully in the center of the hall.
“Don’t you know who I am?!” The Tyrant Growls. “I could take out my sword and cut you in two without blinking an eye!”
The monk, without moving, replies serenely. “Don’t you know who I am? I could sit here while you take out your sword and cut me in two, without even blinking an eye.”
When we have acceptance, we are no longer attached to this world's transitory things, even our physical survival. As Jesus advises in...
The Buddha tended to tell his disciples not to waste their time and energy in metaphysical speculation. Whenever he was asked a metaphysical question, he remained silent. Instead, he directed his disciples to more practical efforts.
One day, when he was questioned on the problem of the infinite vs the finite, the buddha said:
“Whether the world is finite or infinite, limited or unlimited, the problem of the liberation of your suffering remains the same. Suppose a man is struck by a poisoned arrow, and the doctor wants to take out the arrow immediately, but suppose this wounded man does not want the arrow removed until he knows who shot him, his age, his family, and why he was shot in the first place. What do you suppose would happen?
If he was to wait until all of these questions were answered, then he might surely die before coming to an understanding. Life is so short, it must not be spent in endless metaphysical speculation that does not bring us any closer to the...
Long ago, there was a small village on the edge of a river. The people there lived in harmony with nature; each other, and life were good. One day as a villager began his early morning stroll, he noticed that their once-vibrant river was looking slightly murkier than usual and contained some sludge and pollution resting on the banks.
The villager quickly went out of his way to clear the pollution away, seemingly restoring the flow. The next day the same villager noticed two lifeless fish in the river. He called for help, and both fish were scooped out from the waters. The following day debris started to build up, and the river's flow started to become constricted, cutting off water to the village. Naturally, the villagers organized themselves quickly, setting up watchtowers and training teams of swimmers and environmentalists who could resist the swift waters and dislodge the debris. Clean up squads were soon working 24 hours a day to keep up with the increasing pollution. But each...
Long ago in ancient Japan, lived a devout Shinto monk. He lived a simple life but was often distracted in his prayers by the hustle and bustle of the city...he felt as if his neighbors and friends were polluting his soul. One day he decided to undergo a Harai, a purification ritual that would cleanse his body and mind….He set off on a long and dangerous journey to a mountain shrine, which took many days..but he was glad for the peace and solitude it gave him. After returning home, the peace he found was so great that he wanted to hold onto it for as long as possible, and so he continued to do the pilgrimage another 99 times. He would walk alone on his journey to the mountains, ignoring every distraction in his quest for balance.
Rain, storm, or shine; he made the long journey. Eventually, his devotion and practice began to reveal the world of the Kami. The man was able to see and understand the spirits and spiritual essence of all things, like the wind and the rocks...
One day a man decided to question the choices he had made in his life up to that point and thought to himself, “what is the origin of decision? Why do we decide things one way or another, and what determines that choice?” To discover this noble truth, he set off on a journey worldwide to find the answer to his question.
Like the prophets of the Abrahamic faiths, he began his travels in Jerusalem. Since it was often considered the center of the world and a meeting place of major modern religions, he deemed it a fitting place to start. On his way up the Via Dolorosa, however, he came across an elderly Asian man. The man resembled an old Taoist sage, the likes of which hadn’t been seen for a long time. The Sage sensed the young man’s gaze upon him and said, “For thousands of years my people have been making careful observations of the stars and planets and our universe as a whole”
The young man, impressed, nodded and began to ask, “Oh Great...
A holy man was having a conversation with God one day and said, ‘ God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’ God led the holy man to two doors.. He opened one of the doors, and the righteous man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. The table's center was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished.. They were holding spoons with very long handles strapped to their arms, and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
God said, ‘You have seen Hell.’ They went to the next room and opened the door. It was precisely the same as the first one. The large round table with the large pot of stew made...