Two Wisdom Parables about God and Ourselves

October 24, 2009 - 12:45 pm 20 Comments

The Elephant and The Rat
There once was a rat who always saw the worse in people; he was suspicious, haughty, and self-righteous: he was quick to accuse, find fault, and believe that people were really out to get him….
Well, one day this pleasant fellow was at the community swimming hole. There in the hole was an elephant, relaxing and enjoying himself.
Going into the locker room, the rat looked around, and being upset, marched over to the swimming hole, he commanded that the elephant to come out!
The elephant, not knowing what was the problem, asked him why…
The rat just insisted, and stomped his foot. He yelled at the elephant to come out, and then I’ll tell you why … The elephant refused… and the rat continued to fuss and fume…. finally, out of compassion and not wanting the poor little rat to be so upset…. the elephant decided to end his swim, and see what the rat wanted….
When he reached the bank , he walked over to the rat and asked, ” Why did you want me to come out of the water ? ” The rat replied, “I just wanted to see if you were the one who took my swimming trunks!!!”

The moral of this story: An elephant could sooner fit into the swimming trunks of a rat, than could God fit into any preconceived ideas of who and what God is, should be, or where it is that God could be found.

As central part of my approach to transpersonal counseling, and my Interfaith Services, I encourage people to deepen their awareness of the God of their understansding, and to apply those insights as sources of wisdom and learning, healing and justice making in their lives…

The Devil and his Friend

One day, the Devil went out for a walk with his friend…. They saw a man ahead of them stop, stoop down and pick up something from the ground…
” What did the man find?”, asked the fiendish friend. The Devil said, ” Oh, he found a piece of the Truth.” “Doesn’t that disturb you?”, asked the friend…
“No” said the Devil- “I just will let him make a religious doctrine out of it”

A religious belief is only a signpost that points towards the truth that you personally have to explore, understand and accept for yourself. When you cling to the signpost, out of a need for an external source for your security, you are prevented from moving ahead to the goal. When you believe that you have the whole truth, as some more structured and conservative religious approaches proclaim, then there is no incentive to find out more or expand your understanding of truth, … Which, in my lifelong spiritual search, can come to us from all directions- those that are intentional, those that are gracious, and those that are seemingly unconnected… yet are synchronistic to our growth…

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