Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
You are the lustrous pearl. For the pearl to grow and shine luminously, it must be lovingly coaxed by the ocean sand in the oyster. The sand is there to help it grow and become the radiant pearl for all to enjoy. As it was meant to be.
We all have lessons. They help us grow. They are not always easy. We are all unique pearls, needing lessons from the sand in order to grow. We might as well learn our lessons in a state of grace, knowing the divine world is fiercely protecting us like the oyster protects its pearl.
Shine brightly. It becomes you.
And, it becomes you.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
People see God every day, they just don't recognize him.
The Divine Source is always recognizable when one looks in the eyes of a dog.
This is Faith.
This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with three legs - two healthy hind legs and one abnormal front leg which needed to be amputated. He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.
His first owner also did not think that he could survive. He was thinking of "putting him to sleep".
By this time, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him.
She was determined to teach and train this dog to walk by himself. She named him "Faith".
In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfing board to let him feel the movements. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and a reward for him to stand up and jump around. Even the other dog at home helped to encourage him to walk. Amazingly, only after six months, Faith learned to balance on his two hind legs and jumped to move forward. After further training in the snow, he now can walk like a human being.
Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where he goes, he just attracts all the people around him.
He is now gaining fame on the international scene, and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.
Jude has since given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to preach that, "even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul".
(Sister Kay, thank you for sending this incredibly sweet story to me.)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
"Just as His Holiness has linked East and West, and inspired so many with his leadership and humility, so shall this tree combine the expression of a large heart and a tradition of simple service,'' Harvard University President, Drew Faust said, before giving the Buddhist leader a framed rendering of a birch tree in three seasons...
...The tree had already been planted, but there was a ditch dug around it, and a pile of dirt with four shovels so that the Dalai Lama, Faust, and the deans of the divinity and education schools could ceremonially turn over some soil. But the Dalai Lama was having none of that. When Faust turned over a timid shovelful, he said to her, simply, "too little,'' and waited for her to do more, at which point he said, "good.'' And then, after the deans did their part, he took his shovel and proceeded to circumnavigate the tree, adding dirt to cover its roots and smoothing out the ground.
Finally, he asked of no one in particular, "have you some water?" An aide brought him a plastic eco-shaped half-liter of Poland Spring with which he proceeded to lovingly water the sun-dappled green leaves.
"Good,'' he said again, before shaking a few hands, walking slowly back to his motorcade, and heading off to lunch.
---Michael Paulson, The Boston Globe, April 30th, 2009
I am so proud of my alma mater. They brought together two of my favorite divine creations, trees, and His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama. Here is a picture of His Holiness planting a tree yesterday in Harvard Yard.
Harvard College was founded with the mission to educate and instill individuals with the responsibility and desire to dedicate their energies and commitment toward service. His Holiness advocates a similar devotion to service as evidenced by his tireless global work in sowing the seeds of compassion for all sentient beings.
It is May.
It is time for planting.
Sow from the heart.
Reap what you sow.