the perfect metaphor of selflessness. :) wonderful story Patricia Valle ... From: Sandeep Subject: [Meditation Society of America]
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, Jul 2, 2012
the perfect metaphor of selflessness. :) wonderful story
--- On Fri, 6/29/12, Sandeep <sandeep1960@...> wrote:
From: Sandeep <sandeep1960@...> Subject: [Meditation Society of America] The man To: email@example.com Date: Friday, June 29, 2012, 10:03 PM
There was this man.
Even the angels rejoiced at the sight of him......
such was the quality of the holiness....of the milieu of his
And he never had a clue about his milieu.
He went about his humdrum tasks........diffusing goodness.........
as a flower unselfconsciously diffuses it's fragrance.
Over the years, people noticed something peculiar about the man.
He would immediately forget each person's past and looked at them
as if they were just now manifested ....
innocent and blameless .........ignorant to know what they were
Anybody entering this man's milieu would always feel
There seemed to be no conditions to be fulfilled ....in order to
receive....while bathed in the man's presence.
One day an angel appeared and said to him " I have been sent to
you by God.
Ask for anything you wish and it will be given to you.
Would you wish to have the gift of healing?"
"No" replied the man, "I'd rather God did the healing himself."
"Would you want to bring sinners back to the path?"
"No" replied the man, "it is not for me to touch human hearts".
"Would you like to be such a model of virtue such that people from
will revere you as the Messiah?"
"No" replied the man,
"for that would make me the center of attention".
"What then, you have to ask for one boon at least"
"Well" replied the man, "in that case, I ask for this....... let
good be done.......... without my being aware of it".
So it was decreed that the man's shadow would be endowed with
wherever it fell....... and that,............. it would always
fall behind him.
So from then onwards.... wherever his shadow fell.....the sick
the land became fertile.........fountains sprang to
life.........color returned to the faces of those.......
who were weighed down by life's sorrows.
And the man remained unaware of all this....for his shadow always
fell behind him.
And because the attention of the people were so centered on the
that they forgot all about the man.
So his wish that good be done through him and he be
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