Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sand and Stone

Venture over to Bro. Oh Teik Bin's blog where you can learn lessons such as this:

Sand and Stone
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:"TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE."

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."


Reflection (from Bro. Oh Teik Bin) "* When one learns not to retaliate or react to a perceived 'wrong' done by another towards oneself, then one is growing spiritually.* Retaliatory force, aggression, anger, illwill, revenge and hatred would not solve a problem. Anger or hatred is not overcome by anger or hatred ... it is through patience, tolerance, understanding, love and compassion that anger, illwill or hatred is overcome.* Reacting to a happening with anger, aggression, illwill or hatred will cause one to suffer in body and mind.* Learning to let go or forgive another for his 'wrong' towards us will keep the mind calm, peaceful and free. It lightens the mind ... and one is on the path to peace and freedom.* When someone does us a good turn, it is good spiritual quality to show appreciation and gratitude.* The practice of gratefulness helps to establish care, harmony and love in the hearts of people. And it brings spiritual growth.* FORGIVE and LET GO! BE GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS WE HAVE.With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin"


Desiree said...

Well what can I say? That was an awesome post!

Sophia said...

I'm glad you liked it! I try to venture over to Bro. Oh Teik Bin's blog every day. He always has meaningful lessons and parables on his blog.

Mark said...

I love this story. It was great to read it again. So much truth and wisdom is within it!
Thanks for writing this today!

Sophia said...

Hi Mark, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I can't take credit for writing it, but I'm thankful to Bro. Oh Teik Bin for pointing it out to his students so that I could in turn share it with my readers. His blog is awesome, and teaches many lessons and wisdom just like your blog does.

Lyn said...

I, too love this philosophy. It is truth magnified... great post...

Sophia said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Lyn! Great to see you! Namaste. :)