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Friday, July 20, 2007

Meditation and Laziness

A Sufi teaching story tells of a man who prayed continually
for the awareness to succeed in life. Then one night he
dreamed of going into the forest to attain understanding.
The next morning he went into the woods and wandered for
several hours looking for some sign that would provide
answers. When he finally stopped to rest, he saw a fox with
no legs lying between two rocks in a cool place. Curious as
to how a legless fox could survive, he waited until sunset
when he observed a lion come and lay meat before the fox.
"Ah, I understand," the man thought. "The secret to success
in life is to trust that God will take care of all my needs. I
don't need to provide for myself. All I have to do is totally
surrender to my all-sustaining God." Two weeks later,
weakened and starving, the man had another dream. In it he
heard a voice say, "Fool. Be like the lion, not like the fox."
Moral:- Don't misunderstand meditation with laziness. An
Enlightened person should not be dependent on others. He
should be the one who is always eager to help and guide
others.

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