Ah yes, Wednesday. It’s great to hear from you. Thank you Jody, for your inquiry. It offers an opportunity for all of us “ordinary guru seeking” villagers to take a look at how we perceive life to be. (see below)
Hi Mr White
My grandmother used to live with us. My grandmother told me many times that life will take care of me if I trust in God. She’s passed on since then, but I wondered what you think of that advice. I like to think of her as an important ordinary guru in my life.
Many thank you’s, Jody
Yes Jody, many grandparents are “resident gurus,” and what a gift that can be. You’re lucky!
Do you know the story of the Zen monk fleeing a hungry tiger? The monk finds himself on the edge of a cliff, and before he jumps off the cliff he notices a thick vine. He grabs the vine and climbs down ten yards to hide. He looks up, only to see the fiercely growling tiger looking down at him. He looks down to see how far he is from the ground, but there he sees a fiercely growling tiger looking up at him. He hangs on to the vine, not knowing what to do. Then two mice come out of a hole in the cliff, and begin chewing at the vine. Life is never dull, is it, Jody. “Oh my God, what should I do?” thinks the monk. At that moment he sees a luscious, ripe, juicy strawberry within plucking distance. He plucks the strawberry and bites into it, getting lost in the sweet, juicy ecstasy of the strawberry. That’s it. That’s the end of the story.
What’s the point of the Zen story, Jody? Perhaps the point is that life always offers you luscious strawberries if you allow it to. What happened to the Zen monk? That’s up to you. What happened to the Zen monk, Jody? How you finish the story will tell you a lot about how you approach life, and whether or not you have faith in God or some invisible form of Infinite Intelligence that is guiding you if you allow it to. That form could just be your very own intuition.
Blessings to you Jodie … Rob
Hello again fellow guru seekers,
Take a moment and give an ending to the above story. What can you learn about your optimistic or pessimistic nature? What’s the ending you attached to it?
Blessings & love, Rob
PS There is no punishment in duality, but rather an opportunity for unity. What happened to the Zen monk? Was it separation from life’s beauty or union with it?