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“Great Teacher,” one would
say, “I wish to get closer to God.” “By what path do you travel now?” she would
ask. “I study the scriptures, diligently applying myself day and night to
unlocking their mysteries,” might come the reply. “Then you should put down your
books and walk in the woods—thinking nothing, but listening
Another would say, “I do
good to every person I meet, doing all that I can to serve their needs.” “Then
for a time,” the Teacher would reply, “consider yourself well met and strive to
serve your own needs as you have so well served others.”
One day the Teacher
noticed someone in the back of the crowd, someone not pushing his way to her as
most of the others did. She went to him. “What is it I can do for you?” she
“I do not know,” he
relied. “I feel in need of something, but I do not believe in God and have
nothing you could call a ‘practice.’” “When do you feel most alive?” the Teacher
asked. “When I am playing with my children,” the man said without hesitation.
“Then play with your children,” said the Teacher. “And you will find what you
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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