There was a young athletic boy for whom winning was everything. One day, he took part in a running competition. A large crowd had congregated to witness the sporting spectacle, and a wise old man, upon hearing of the little boy, had travelled far to see him.
The race commenced, looking like a tough competition at the finishing line, but, sure enough, the boy dug deep and called on his determination, strength, and power. He won the race. The crowd was ecstatic, and cheered and waved at the boy. The wise man remained still and calm, expressing no sentiment. The little boy, however, felt proud and important.
A second race was called, and two new, young, fit, challengers came forward, to run with the little boy. The race started and, as expected, the little boy came through and finished first once again. The crowd was ecstatic again and applauded the boy. The wise man still displayed no sentiment. But the boy was elated.
High on his win, the little boy pleaded for another race. The wise old man stepped forward and presented the little boy with two new challengers, an elderly frail lady and a blind man. “What is this?” quizzed the little boy. “This is no race!” he exclaimed. “Race!” said the wise man. The race commenced, and the boy was the only finisher, the other two challengers left standing at the starting line. The little boy was ecstatic; he raised his arms in delight. The crowd, however, was silent, showing no sentiment towards the little boy.
“What happened? Why do the people not hail my success?” he asked the wise old man. “Race again,” replied the wise man. “This time, finish together, all three of you.” The little boy thought a little, stood in the middle of the blind man and the frail old lady, and then took the two challengers by the hand. The race began and the little boy walked ever so slowly to the finishing line and crossed it. The crowd acclaimed his victory with loud hurrahs. The wise man smiled, gently nodding his head. The little boy felt overjoyed.
The boy looked at the wise old man and asked who the crowd was cheering for and who was the winner. The old man looked at the boy and replied softly, “Little boy, you have won this race much more than any race you have ever run before, and, for this race, the crowd cheers not for any winner!”
THIS, I KNOW
• If you limit yourself only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.
• The enemy of love is never outside; it’s not a man or a woman. It’s what we lack in ourselves.
• Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul, you create suffering.
• The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
• The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
• Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
• Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
• We don’t see things as they are;we see them as we are.
"It moves and It moves not. It is far and also It is near.
It is within and also It is without all this".
It is near to those who have the power to understand It, for It dwells in the heart of everyone; but It seems far to those whose mind is covered by the clouds of sensuality and self-delusion.
It is within because It is the innermost Soul of all creatures; and It is without as the essence of the whole external universe, infilling it like the all-pervading ether.
—ISHA UPANISHAD, Verse V
"He who perceives all beings as the Self, for him, how can there be delusion or grief when he sees this oneness (everywhere)".
He who perceives the Self everywhere never shrinks from anything because through his higher consciousness, he feels united with all life. When a man sees God in all beings and all beings in God, and also God dwelling in his own Soul, how can he hate any living thing? Grief and delusion rest upon a belief in diversity, which leads to competition and all forms of selfishness. With the realisation of oneness, the sense of diversity vanishes, and the cause of misery is removed.
—ISHA UPANISHAD, Verse VII
IN YOUR HANDS
A young man caught a small bird and held it behind his back. He then asked his teacher, “Master, is the bird I hold in my hands alive or dead.” The boy thought this was a grand opportunity to play a trick on the old man. If the master answered “Dead,” it would be let loose in the air. If the master answered “Alive,” he would simply wring its neck.
The master replied, “The answer is in your hands.”
JUST FOR LAUGHS
A man suffered a serious heart attack and had bypass surgery. He awakened to find himself in the care of nuns at a Catholic hospital. As he was recovering, a nun asked how he was going to pay the bill. He replied in a raspy voice, “No health insurance.” The nun asked if he had money in the bank. He replied, “No money in the bank.” The nun asked, “Do you have a relative who could help you?” He said, “Just a spinster sister who is a nun.” The nun, slightly perturbed, said, “Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God.” The patient replied, “Then send the bill to my brother-in-law.”
“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.”
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