the Snake

A man saw a snake being burnngg to death and decided to take out of the fire.  When he did, the snake bit him causing excruciating pain.  The man dropped the snake, and the reptile fell right back into the fire.

So, the man grabbed a metal pole, took the snake out of the fire and saved his life.

Someone who was watching, approached the man and said,

“That snake bit you.  Why are you still trying to save it?”

The man replied, “The nature of the snake is to bite, but that is not gonna change my nature…which is to help!”

Do not change your nature simply because someone harms you.  Do not lose your good heart…only learn to take precautions.

 

Silence

Silence is essential.  We need silence, just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light.  If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us!

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

the Zen of Pooh and Piglet

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  1. If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
  2. But, of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there…and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.
  3. I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.
  4. Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the forest that was left out by mistake.
  5. Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.

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But it isn’t easy,” said Pooh. “Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

  • the House at Pooh Corner

Religion and the Dog

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Before I get too deep
What I am is what I am
Are you what you are – or what?
I’m not aware of too many things

But I do know the smile on a dog…is religion!

Sometimes, I think…

“If desire were a immorality…And, imagination, a sin…Where would I be?”

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Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

 ##Friedrich Nietzsche