“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
Thich Nhat Hanh (Thank you Wildtimes)
Have you ever had a moment in your life, you wanted the truth about something so much, that you didn’t care what the truth was, so long as it was
Are those moments the exception in your life, or are they the rule?
In the following story, are you the father, the son, or Buddha telling the story?
"A young widower, who loved his five-year-old son very much, was away on business, and bandits came and burned down his whole village and took his son
away. When the man returned, he saw the ruins and panicked. He took the charred corpse of an infant to be his own child, and he began to pull his hair
and beat his chest, crying uncontrollably. He organized a cremation ceremony, collected the ashes and put them in a very beautiful velvet bag.
Working, sleeping, eating, he always carried the bag of ashes with him.
One day his real son escaped from the robbers and found his way home. He arrived at his father's new cottage at midnight and knocked at the door. You
can imagine at that time the young father was still carrying the bag of ashes and crying. He asked, "Who is there?"
And the child answered, "It's me, Papa. Open the door, it's your son."
In his agitated state of mind the father thought that some mischievous boy was making fun of him, and he shouted at the child to go away, and he
continued to cry.
The boy knocked again and again, but the father refused to let him in. Some time passed, and finally the child left. From that time on, father and son
never saw one another."
“Sometime, somewhere, you take something to be the truth. If you cling to it so much, even when the truth comes in person and knocks on your
door, you will not open it.”
What are you clinging to?
edit on 8/8/2012 by Klassified because: formatting