THE FARMER'S HORSE
A Parable by Liu An
Versión en Español
Ted is a fellow spiritual seeker. We had been writing to each other about the three spiritual principles of Honesty, Openmindedness, and Willingness.
On Wed, 30 Jul 1997, Ted wrote:
A comment I shared recently with friends related how important openmindedness has become for me. It was something I always prided myself on having, only now I'm learning that what I thought was an open mind, was in reality a closed, self-centered mind. One more principal that I personally would like to add to the before-mentioned three is Acceptance.
Acceptance of my life, Life in all its good and bad, so intimitely
In Western thought we get caught up a lot in judging everything. Calvinism and all its Fundamentalist descendants have made a fine science out of judging.
In Buddhist, Zen, and Taoist thought, this is wasted energy, since you will have both sides of any duality all the time. Liu An wrote this story (my memory / paraphrase):
Once, a farmer's work horse ran away. His neighbors were quite sympathetic saying, "How awful for you." He replied, "We'll see." His son went to find the horse and came back triumphantly leading the somewhat agitated steed. The neighbors joyfully exclaimed, "What joy; your horse has been found!" The farmer calmly said, We'll see."
What Man sees as Good or Bad is simply The Way. It is easier to not judge, but, like water, flow around the occurences of Life.
And you're right... acceptance is the key. Acceptance is the quality which allows us to be serene enough to choose to flow instead of judging and reacting to our judgment, thereby disturbing the flow. It must be a practice... and learning to not think but to be through the circumstances of Life IS Acceptance and it is the Act of Flowing.
Pax et Luminas, Mike.
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