(Listen to me reading this parable about finding God. Right click the link, and save it on your computer. Listen to it often.)
I don’t know if this is n eternal truth or a bias truth based on my lifelong study of world literature, but I believe oral culture and story telling is still one of the most powerful ways to share and learn information.
Something happens when we listen that doesn’t take place when we read. Listening enables us to consume information on so many different levels. So listen to the story when you get a chance. And please share it with anyone else you know who is on the journey toward deepening their awareness of themselves and their connection to God and Divine Understanding.
Here’s the story
A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him. “Master, I wish to become your disciple,” said the man. “Why?” replied the hermit. The young man thought for a moment. “Because I want to find God.”
The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself, the master finally pulled him up out of the river. The young man coughed up water and gasped to get his breath. When he eventually quieted down, the master spoke. “Tell me, what did you want most of all when you were under water.”
“Air!” answered the man.
“Very well,” said the master. “Go home and come back to me when you want God as much as you just wanted air.”
Listen to me tell the parable below.
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