The Wish-Fulfilling Tree
Three Hindu parables about attachment, desire, and understanding what's real.
05/01/2004 02:13:22 PM
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08/14/2002 11:00:24 AM
Life, I believe, is a matter of balance. God created me with my desires for love, companionship, and a modicum of pleasure and accomplishment in the world. I make myself unhappy if I try to repress my desires, if I defeat them by my own negativism. I make myself unhappy if I obsess with my desires, if I make them necessary for my satisfaction and my self-esteem. So, paradoxically, I must make my desires known to the Universe, be ready and willing to receive them as a child of God who deserves good things, and then let them go into the hands of God. Be fully human, and be a partner with Divine Grace in healing my distortions of humanness. Own my desires, and be non-attached to their particular outcomes. Perhaps the important thing is not that we have or don't have desires, but that we embrace ourselves, one another, and ALL with Love. Ah, so this is what I/we are doing: how can I love myself/you in the midst?
08/13/2002 07:29:11 PM
God bless the cradle of civilization that is the Indus River valley. Hindu parables reveal the wisdom of the ages (over 5000 years of recorded history) in a manner simple enough for a child to understand. Perhaps more difficult for the rebellious intellect of some adults. I value this contribution from a Buddhist point of view, breaking the worldly attachments to the lusts of life and the fears of the suffering inherent in the cycle of birth and death. Lovely imagery: And the meek disabled child reached out with compassion for his classmates and in that moment cut through the root of deception inheriting the dharmic wisdom, overcoming all attachments. Gripped by fears we dangle by a thread, teased by drips of honey, surrounded by great suffering. Distracted by the lusts of our heart, our duty to god will overcome us, and tear our worldly attachments from our grasp as we return like a flood to our creator.