“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”― Dr. Seuss
THE POISONED ARROW
A monk once said to the Lord Buddha,
“Do the souls of the just survive death ?”
Characteristically,Buddha gave him no reply.
But the monk persisted.Each day he would repeat the question;and each day he would get silence for an answer till he could take it no more and threatened to quit unless this crucial question was answered to his satisfaction,for to what purpose was he living a life of renunciation if the souls of the just perished with their bodies ?
Then the Lord Buddha, in his compassion,spoke:
“You are like a man,”he said,’who was dying from a poisoned arrow.His relatives rushed a doctor to his side,but he refused to have the arrow taken out unless he had the answer to these three vital questions:
First,was the man who shot him black or white ??
Second, was he tall or short? And
Third, was he a brahmin or an outcaste ?”
The monk stayed on !
~ Anthony de Mello
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”~ Confucius
“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.” ~ James Allen
“Whatever happens to your body, your soul will survive, untouched...”
― J.K. Rowling
P.S: What would it take for us to thrive in our bodies and evolve as souls in the highest and best possible ways ????
What would it take for us to learn to ask empowering questions instead of disempowering ones ??????
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