Love has Finally Arrived
- p. 167
Seven crazy men were invited to festivities in a neighboring
village. More than mildly intoxicated, they were staggering
home toward their own village at night when it began to rain.
So they settled down for the night under a large banyan
When they woke up the following morning, they rent the air
with mourning and wailing. "What's the matter?" asked a
"Last night we huddled together under this tree and fell
asleep, sir," said one of the crazy men. "On waking up this
morning, we find our limbs all intertwined and we cannot
distinguish the owners."
"Easily solved," said the traveler. "Give me a pin." He
jabbed the pin sharply into the first leg he saw. "Ouch!" said
one of the men. "There," said the traveler to the man, "that
leg is yours." Then he pricked an arm. "Ouch!" said another,
identifying himself as the owner of the arm. And so on, till
the limbs were all disentangled and the crazy men went merrily
back to their village none the worse for their experience.
When your heart responds instinctively to other people's joys
and sorrows, you will know you have lost your self and attained
the experience of your "one-body-ness" with the human race -
and love has finally arrived.
from Anthony de Mello, S.J. forum