The Parable of the Man and the Elephant

Today’s Thought:
“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”
~Niels Bohr

Do you ever get so focused on one thing that you miss the totally obvious? Truth can be a blissful experience and cause us to miss the obvious. We humans are especially fond of our truths. We argue over them, kill over them, and divide ourselves with them. We also find peace, happiness, and Nirvana through them. There is ancient story from India about a young man who is given what he believes to be a most profound truth by his teacher. This story has so many lessons for all of us. I encourage you to read it through a couple of times and really think about the many levels of meaning here.

A young Brahmin sat at the foot of his teacher. The teacher was explaining how all in the Universe is one.

“We are one with God and God is one with us,” said the teacher.

The young student pondered this for a moment and asked, “So, I am God? You are God? This building is God?”

“Precisely,” assured the teacher.

The young man was quite amazed by this concept and decided to go into the city and meditate amid the hustle and bustle to fully understand the teaching. He seated himself near the road and began meditating on his mantra, “I am one with God”.

Just about then a man riding an elephant approached. Suddenly the man lost control of the elephant and it began racing uncontrollably toward the young man meditating on the side of the road.

“Get out of the road you idiot, you’ll be trampled and killed,” shouted the man on the elephant.

The young man continued his meditation. Now he was saying, “I am one with God. The elephant is one with God. All is one with God.”

The man on the elephant now frantic shouted, “Are you a fool? Get out of the way. You’ll be killed.”

Still, the young man held firm, saying to himself, “I am one with God. The elephant is one with God. All is one with God.”

When the elephant was upon the young man, he lifted him up with his trunk and flung him into the ditch.

The startled young man, a bit bruised and muddy, went back to see his teacher. He recounted the whole story. He asked, “I am God?

“Yes,” said the teacher.

“And the elephant is God?”

“Yes,” said the teacher.

Sure he had his teacher, the young man asked, “Why would God fling God into the ditch?”

The teacher smiled and said, “Ah, you should have listened to the voice of God yelling at you to get out of the way.”

It pays to pay attention. It pays to remain flexible and listen to all possibilities. We never know where the message is going to come from. Sometimes the obvious is the profound. Sometimes the obvious is meaningless. We must keep an open mind and be ready to listen to truth, whatever its source.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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Are You Buying the Ticket? – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday July 20, 2010

Today’s Accomplishment in History:

Today is the 41st anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements – the Apollo 11 moon landing. There few better examples of how the vision of one man can be converted to reality by the work, determination, and ingenuity of many others.

You may have heard the old story about the man who wanted to win the lottery. He prayed and prayed and prayed to God to win the lottery. He never won.

Eventually, the man died. When he arrived in heaven he sought out God to ask a question. “God,” he asked, “I was faithful to you my entire life. Why would you not answer my one simple prayer to win the lottery?”

God replied, “My child, did you ever purchase a lottery ticket?”

The man, sheepishly, answered, “No, Father, I never bought a lottery ticket.”

God smiled and said, “My child, I try to answer every prayer I can, but even God needs some help. For years I prayed that you would meet me half way and buy the lottery ticket.”

There are things we want in life. Goals we hope to achieve. Experiences we want to have. It doesn’t matter if you’re praying to God about it or it’s just something you are trying to achieve on your own; you have to “buy your ticket”.

Buying your ticket is metaphor for taking the steps necessary to set yourself up for success. In most cases, sitting, waiting, and hoping are not buying your ticket.

To buy your ticket, you must attract, act, and believe.

Attract: The attract part  of the equation involves putting the intention out there in the Universe. Remember, “Ask and you shall receive.”? The Universe responds to our stated intentions not our secret hopes. It’s about creating the mental environment necessary to “manifest” your goal in your life. Affirmations, meditation, praying, or verbally sharing our dreams with others are all ways to achieve that part of the equation. The man in the story did that part.

Act: The second part is equally important, though. You have to take action. Waiting on God or others to meet your needs while you sit passively by is not the act of buying the ticket. This the part many people leave out. They put the intention out there and they believe, but they fail to act. You must take proactive steps that give you the best chance for success. This is the part the man in the story failed to do.

Believe: The third part of buying your ticket is belief or some might call it faith. This aspect is important because it enhances your actions by adding life and purpose to them. That all plays into a better result. This part is also important because often achieving requires patience and perseverance. Many a dream has been attracted and acted upon, but lost because the person gave up a moment too soon.

President Kennedy did the attracting part. He put the intention to go to the moon out into the Universe. Thousands of experts and geniuses acted to make it a reality. And, a nation – indeed a world – believed.

So my question for you today is are you buying your ticket? Are you doing all three parts of the equation to attract your best life? No ticket means no lottery.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s spent more than 25 years studying personal development and especially writing, recording, and using affirmations to achieve his goals. His eBook – The Power to Be You – offers 416 life-changing and original quotes, ideas, and affirmations to take you to new levels of achievement and reflection.

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