Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2017-47 - Hell... and Heaven...

In feudal Japan, the fierce Samurai Warriors carried large swords and were highly skilled at using them.

One day, a famous samurai arrived at a monastery, where he flung open the door and demanded of a famed monk, "Tell me, what is heaven and what is hell?"

The monk sat still for a moment, then turned and looked up at the warrior. "You call yourself a samurai," he said. "Look at you. You're nothing but a wastrel!! I doubt you could cut off the head of a fly with your sword."

For a moment, the samurai stood gaping. Then, like a crazed bull, the samurai's face contorted in rage. He bellowed, "How dare you insult me thus!" Pulling his huge sword from its sheath, he raised it high above his head, ready to kill the old monk.

Unperturbed, the monk looked directly into the eyes of the furious warrior and said, "This is hell."

The samurai froze, and as the hatred and anger that had consumed him drained away, realized that this small, stooped man had risked his life to answer his question. Lowering his weapon, the samurai bowed to the monk, as tears of gratitude appeared in his eyes. "Thank you for your teaching," the samurai said humbly, with love for the monk's gift.

The monk smiled at the samurai and said, "And this, my friend, is heaven."

~ Author Unknown

Knowing others is Wisdom, Knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

~ Lao Tzu

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017-46 - What is love...

A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.

And yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes.

Sometimes it takes a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.

~ John Grogan

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love... and be loved."

~ George Sand

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017-45 - I Hope...

I hope you learn that choosing yourself, will always be the most beautiful love language you can ever learn.

I hope you learn never to betray your intuition.

I hope you learn to open your soul and listen when god is speaking to you.

I hope you learn to grow from past inflictions.

I hope you stop using the past as an excuse for stagnancy, and realize your divinity.

~ Billy Chapata

"Learn as if you were to live forever."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017-44 - The Green Man...

I was waiting at a traffic light to cross the road with Haruki, a Japanese friend. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon in a small town on the Tokyo outskirts and there was not a vehicle or soul in sight. So I turned to Haruki and said, "Hey, I know it's a red man but should we just cross?"

Haruki looked at me and shook his head. "No, we wait for the green man."

I was a bit perplexed - it did not seem to me that it would make any difference whether we waited or not. "There aren't any cars. Why do we need to wait?"

Haruki smiled, then asked me a question in return: "What if a child is watching?"

~ Author Unknown

"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."

~ H Jackson Brown Jr

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017-43 - The Thorn Birds...

There is a legend about a bird that sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.

From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale.

One superlative song, existence the price.

But the whole world stills to listen. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain... Or so says the legend.

~ Colleen McCullough

"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,and is never the result of selfishness."

~ Napoleon Hill