Of birds, wings and burdens…

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There is a fable  about the way the birds got their wings.  God made wings and put them down before the wingless birds and said to them, ” Come, and take up these burdens and bear them”. The birds had lovely plumage and sweet voices.  They could sing and their feathers gleamed in the sunshine, but they could not soar in the sky.  They hesitated at first when bidden to take up their burdens that they lay at their feet, but soon they obeyed, and taking up their wings in their beaks, laid them on their shoulders to carry them.  For a little while the load seemed heavy, but presently, as they went on carrying them, the wings grew fast to their little bodies, and soon they discovered how to use them, and were lifted by them up into the air.

It is a parable.  We are the wingless birds, and our duties and tasks are the pinions that God has made to lift us up and carry us.  We look at our burdens and heavy loads, and shrink rom them, but as we lift them and bind about our hearts, they become wings, and on them we rise and soar upwards.  There is no burden which, if we lift it cheerfully, will not become a blessing to us.  To refuse to bend our shoulder to receive a load is to decline a new opportunity for inner growth.  God has placed us where we are for a definite purpose.  We do not have to give an interview and present our credentials.  He knows what we are capable of———-our strengths and weaknesses.  We must tap into our inner resources and work in all sincerity and to the best of our abilities.  Success should not make us proud nor should failure dampen our spirits.  God sees the efforts that we make.  He may try us for some time, but He will never try us beyond our strength.

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Compassion

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Compassion is understanding or empathy for the sufferings of others.  It is also c0-suffering.

God is known as THE COMPASSIONATE ONE.  We usually feel sorry for people when they lose a loved one, a job.  That is sympathy.  In order to share another’s sorrow, we have to empathise with them.  Here, too, we are sorry, but we put ourselves in the other’s shoes and suffer with them.  Compassion gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering.  Do unto others , what you would have them do to you.  How true.

COMPASSION——-The prefix COM is an archaic version of the Latin preposition CUM=with, and PASSION comes from PASSUS.  Compassion is ranked a great virtue and is considered in all major religions as among the greatest of virtues.  Human suffering is always INDIVIDUAL and UNIQUE.  I am reminded of the Parable of THE GOOD SAMARITAN in the Bible.  A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him , and departed leaving him half dead.  A certain priest came down that way, and when he saw him, passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite, when he saw him, passed by.  But a certain Samaritan, saw him, he had compassion on him.  He went up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, brought him to an inn and took care of him.   and said, “Take care of him, and whatsoever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you”.  Which of the three was neighbour to the wounded man ?  It was the one who showed mercy on him.

Why do we not practice compassion, when we see someone who needs help ?  It is because our eyes are closed to the suffering of others.  We have no time.  We are so wrapped up in ourselves that we just can’t be bothered and so pass by.

Call me back…

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Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody “call back” and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill.  We are all climbers together, and we must help one another.

This mountain climbing is serious business.  It takes strength and steady steps to find the summits.  The outlook widens with the altitude.  If anyone among us finds anything worthwhile, we ought to “call back”.

If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back

It will cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track

And if, perchance, Faith’s light is dim, because the oil is low,

Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go

Call back, and tell me He went with you into the storm

Call back, and say He kept you when the forest’s roots were torn

That, when the heavens thunder and the earthquake shook the hill

He bore you up and held you where the very air was still

Oh, friend, call back, and tell me for I cannot se your face

They say it glows with triumph, and your feet bound in the race

But there are mists between us and my spirit eyes are dim

But if you’ll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry

And if you’ll say He saw you through the night’s sin-darkened sky

if you have gone a little way ahead, oh, friend, call back

It will cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.

———-Selected.

Solitude and loneliness…

Solitude is BLISS : Loneliness is AGONY.  Solitude is the joy of being alone; Loneliness is the pain of being alone. 

Both the words mean BEING ON YOUR OWN.  But there is a vast difference between the two.  You are free to opt for solitude, but loneliness is thrust upon you.  The hustle and bustle of everyday life makes us yearn for some calm and peace.  We have absolutely no time to spare.  Time-management is important.  No schools teach you that.  Its a trial and error and learning method.  All done and said, there comes a time when we feel the need to be on our own.  Duties to our families, our jobs and other things just don’t leave us alone.  So, it is necessary to take some time off, maybe to some hidden haven, where there is no one but you.  Thus, when you can do so, you are prepared to spend that time in recharging the batteries of your outer and inner being. 

Solitude brings calmness, outward silence, peace, joy.  Great people, prophets, poets, writers enjoyed —away from the noise and din of everyday life.  It is a place where you can reflect on things, on self.  It is like a meditation in itself.  You are detached from outward mundane things and you get to introspect on other things —–maybe spiritual.  But you have to be perfectly still and let down your FLUTTERING WINGS.  You might even discover something about yourself, something that you completely missed seeing. 

But, beware, long-term solitude can lead to depression.  So, it should be a short break or holiday to refresh you to continue your journey of life.

Loneliness is thrust on a person.  The sick, the aged, the outcast and so on.  Loneliness is very painful.  The person feels rejected, looked down upon, unloved. 

You can be lonely in a crowd, too.  If you somehow do not fit in with the crowd, if you do not have friends, if somehow you don’t agree with other people’s views, then you are lonely.  Loneliness is the barren land of the soul.  People have no time for the weak, needy, poor.  Those who are lonely, are sad people.  They have an ache that can rarely be healed. 

Everyone needs friends.  Everyone needs a companion to share the joys and sorrows that they experience.  Everyone needs to be accepted for who he is.  And when that doesn’t happen, he goes into depression and what follows can be harmful to the person.  Let us not judge anyone by what we see or hear.  It is said, “Be kind, be kind, everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden”.

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Several years ago there was found in an African mine the most magnificent diamond in the world’s history.  It was presented to the King of England to blaze in his crown.  The King sent it to Amsterdam to be cut.  It was put into the hands of an expert lapidary.  And what do you suppose he did with it ?  He took the gem of priceless value and cut a notch in it.  Then he struck it a hard blow with his instrument, and lo, the superb jewel lay in his hand cleft in twain.  What recklessness, what wastefulness, what criminal carelessness.  Not so.

For days and weeks that blow had been studied and planned.  Drawings and models had been made of the gem.  Its quality, its defects had all been studied with great care.  The man to whom it was committed was one of the most skilful lapidaries in the world.  Do you say that blow was a mistake ?  No.  It was the climax of the lapidary’s skill.  When he struck that blow, he did the one thing that would bring that gem to its most perfect shapeliness, radiance and jewelled splendour.  That blow which seemed to ruin the superb precious stone was, in fact, its perfect redemption.  For, from those two halves were wrought the two magnificent gems which the skilled eye of the lapidary saw hidden in the rough, uncut stone as it came from the mine.

So sometimes, God lets a stinging blow fall upon our lives.  The nerves wince.  The soul cries out in agony.  It seems to you an appalling mistake.  But it is not, for you are the most precious jewel in the world to God.  And He is the most skilled lapidary in the universe.  If men would but believe that they are in the process of creation—let the Maker handle them as the potter the clay yielding themselves in hopeful action with the turning of His wheel–they would soon find themselves able to welcome every pressure of that hand on them, even when it was felt in pain and to recognize the Divine end in view——-NOT A SINGLE SHAFT CAN HIT,TILL THE GOD OF LOVE SEES FIT !

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Here’s a thought for today :——Place 2 mirrors in the bathroom——1 in front and 1 behind.  If you position yourself properly, there is a REFLECTION of the REFLECTION.  Only that will tell the FULL TRUTH…

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There are 3 reasons to move to Japan——-(1)  1% to learn a new language.  (2) 5% to experience a new way of life.  (3)  94% super fast internet speed.

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Osho says (on Kabir)——-He was an ordinary man.  To be ordinary is the most extraordinary thing.  It’s in Osho’s book—-ECSTACY: the forgotten language.

Chetan Bhagat says:  MORNINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL—-Those who miss them LIVE A LITTLE LESS THAN OTHERS…

Childhood is like BEING DRUNK.  Everyone remembers what you did, EXCEPT YOU.

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Success seems to be that which forms the DISTINCTION BETWEEN CONFIDENCE and  CONCEIT

Mani Shankar says—–You can’t have an old body and a young mind.  You absolutely need a strong and fit body for your mind to feel young.

Khalid Mohamed writes—Believe this.  Success leads to arrogance.  There’s an alarming switchover of personality, miscalculated inaccessibility and the belief that the world revolves around his/her axis.

How lilies grow…

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Consider how the lilies grow. (Matt 6:28)———–“I need oil,” said an ancient monk; so he planted an olive sapling.  “Lord,” he prayed, ” it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell.  Send gentle showers.”  And the Lord sent gentle showers.  “Lord,” prayed the monk, ” my tree needs sun.  Send sun, I pray Thee>”  And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds.  “Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues,” cried the monk.  And, behold the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.

Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience.  “I, too, planted a little tree,” he said, “and see it thrives well.  But I entrust my tree to its God.  He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me.  I laid no condition.  I fixed not ways and means.  “Lord, send what it needs,” I prayed, storm or sunshine, wind, rain or frost.  Thou hast made it and Thou dost know”.———–Yes, leave it with Him, the lilies all do, and they grow–They grow in the rain and they grow in the dew–YES THEY GROW:  They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night–They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light–STILL THEY GROW.  Yes, leave it with Him, “Tis more dear to His heart, YOU WILL KNOW :  Than the lilies that bloom, or the flowers that start beneath the snow :  Whatever you need, if you seek it in prayer, you can leave it with Him–for you are His care. YOU, YOU KNOW——-Selected.