The Truth

     Once Satan and his demon sidekick were walking down the street, closely watching a man 20 yards ahead who was on the verge of realizing the Supreme Truth. The demon grew worried, and began to nudge Satan, but Satan looked quite calm. Sure enough, the man did, in fact, soon realize the deepest spiritual Truth. Yet Satan still did nothing about it. With this, the demon nudged Satan harder and, getting no response, finally blurted out, “Satan! Don’t you see? That man has realized the Truth! And yet you are doing nothing to stop him!” With that, Satan cunningly smiled and announced, “Yes, he has realized the Truth. And now I am going to help him organize the Truth!” (–story heard years ago from Indian sage Jiddu Krishnamurti)


So Act Always In Life

     “Remember that you ought to behave in life as you would at a banquet. As something is being passed around, it comes to you. When it comes to you, stretch out your hand gently, take a portion of it politely, but pass it on. Or, it has not come to you yet. Do not project your desire to meet it. So act always in life.”

– Epictetus


Everything that Isn’t

     When asked what he did for his disciples, the Master said, “What a sculptor does for the statue of a tiger: He takes a block of marble and pounds away at anything that doesn’t look like a tiger.”

     When his disciples later asked what exactly he meant, the Master said, “My task is to hammer away at everything that isn’t you: every thought, feeling, attitude, compulsion that adheres to you from our culture and your past.”

– Anthony de Mello, More One Minute Nonsense


The Best and the Worst

     Someone asked the Master why he seemed so wary of religion.  Wasn’t religion the finest thing humanity possessed?

     The Master’s reply was enigmatic: “The best and the worst–that’s what you get from religion.”

     “Why the worst?”

     “Because people mostly pick up enough religion to hate but not enough to love.”

– Anthony de Mello, More One Minute Nonsense

Prayer for Unity and Understanding

God, grant that I may see all things in a spiritual light.

Grant that I may always remember that the world we live in is a school—a classroom—meant to teach us about God and the spirit.

Grant that my eyes may always see through the illusion of the physical and see the spiritual Oneness that connects us all in unity in You; that I may be in the world and not of the world.

Grant that I may become ever One with your Spirit, and that the strength and depth of my spirit may mature to completeness in your love and unity.

And grant me the strength, love, grace, and ability to share this Oneness with all whom I encounter.

— Adam Soto