Mindful Musings: Apr 16

“Our Original Nature”

green trees near lake and mountain under white clouds during daytime

A seeker of truth traveled a very long way to a hermit meditating in a cave and asked:

“Excuse me venerated sir, but please answer me one question.”

 A twinkle of wisdom sparkled in the hermit’s eyes as he smiled at the stranger seated before him on the ground and said:

“You have journeyed all this way to ask what man’s original nature is? Is that correct?”

In awe of the hermit’s ability to read his mind, the seeker of truth nodded his head yes.

The hermit then spoke again:

“Tell me, young seeker, when you see your own reflection in a mountain creek is it distorted in anyway?’

The seeker of truth replied:

“I believe it is not, venerated sir. It is clear and resplendent. So much so, that it sometimes appears that I am staring into the mirror of eternity.”

The same twinkle of wisdom sparkled in the hermit’s eyes again as he simply said:

“Clear and resplendent. That is the original nature of man. Everything else that has been added is but an illusion of his natural state.”

Mindful Musings: Jan 6

“The Journey: A Parable”

By: Forrest Rivers

silhouette of man walking along field leading to mountain

A seeker of truth journeyed two hundred miles (322 Kilometers) by foot deep through lush green forests to have the darshan of a great and celebrated holy man who lived an aesthetic life high in the mountains. After two long weeks of trekking through the wilderness, this seeker of truth at last arrived at an old hermitage that sat on the edge of a breathtaking cliff overlooking the vast and fertile valleys below. The pilgrim knocked on the door three times and a tall old man answered. He then motioned for the young seeker to come inside and sit on the floor before him. The old man closed the door behind him and then took a seat on a small wooden bench. Both beings sat in the lotus position. The pilgrim who had traveled such a long distance then broke the awe filled silence and said:

            “Oh, dear and venerable sage, I have come all this way to ask you but one question: What is life’s greatest secret?”

            The old man smiled, then unfolded his hands and said the following with a hint of irony in his voice:

            “Life’s greatest secret is that there is no destination. It is your journey that holds the one within all. Now tell me, young pilgrim, does this statement live as truth to you?

            The seeker smiled real wide and the twinkle in her eyes made the old sage absolutely certain that she had just attained enlightenment in that moment!