Fables – The sick and the doctor

A doctor visited his patienent and when he asked about his state, the sick answered he had sweated more than usual.

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-Everything is going well then, said the doctor.

Questioned later about its health, the sick said he had shivers and trembling.

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-Everything is goig well, said the doctor.

During the doctor third visit, the sick informed he suffered from diarhea.

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-All is well then, said the doctor.

A relative came to visit the sick and when asked about its condition, he answered:

– I’m dying…but all is well.

Normally, those who sorround us judge us by the appearance and consider us happy for things that cause deep pain.

Source (Transladated)

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Fable – Aphrodite and the cat

Once upon a time, a cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to Aphrodite that she would turned into a woman.

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The goddess, pleased by her wish, transformed her into a beautiful woman and the man, falling in love with her, invited her to his house.

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Being both in the main room, Aphrodite wanted to know if the change in the cat had also changed her character, so she set loose a mouse in the bedroom.

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Forgetting the cat her current situation, she leapt off the bed and chased the mouse to eat it. The goddess, furious, returned her to the original state.

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We all have our nature and the fight against it is lost before hand…what do you think? Let us know in the comments 🙂

Source (own translation)

What is a koan?

After my last article on mondays, I have received quite a few answers that can be summarized in:

I liked it but its not a fable

To which I answered

A koan is not a fable

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As in  everything, there is a whole universe of knowledge of whose existence  we don’t even think of…and that is something great, because it gives us the opportunity to grow more and more!

Some years ago I reached out and tried to learn about Zen philosophy and its methods.

In the global mind, we have the idea that Zen is being calm, being able to remain like that against all odds and that nothing affects you.

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“Today I’m Zen”

“You have to be Zen”

“That is a very Zen person”

Surely we have heard or used these expressions. For all of us that are not savyy in the field….we are wrong.

In the next reflections we will talk about Zen philosophy, so today we’ll stick to koan.

A kōan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Zen-practice to provoke the “great doubt”, and test a student’s progress in Zen practice

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On the other side, a fable is a Western concept.

Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities such as verbal communication), and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim.

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Hence, whilst the first is a tool to open your mind, the second has a role of promoting values or ideas in a simple and direct fashion.

Why are we atracted so much to fables?

That is stuff for another post!

Bonus for those who read all the way.

These are the best known Koan:

Does a falling tree make noise if nobody can hear it?

How does a one hand clap sound?

Do you find koan interesting? Did you know about them? Share in a comment.

Koan – The First Principle

When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words “The First Principle”.

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The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a mastepiece.

They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago.

When the master drew them he did so on paper, from which the workmen made the large carving in wood.

As Kosen sketched the letters a bold pupil was with him who had made several gallons of ink for the calligraphy and who never failed to criticise his master’s work.

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“That is not good,” he told Kosen after his first effort.

“How is this one?”

“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the pupil.

Kosen patiently wrote one sheet after another until eighty-four First Principles had accumulated, still without the approval of the pupil.

Then when the young man stepped outside for a few moments, Kosen thought: “Now this is my chance to escape his keen eye,” and he wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction: “The First Principle.”

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“A masterpiece,” pronounced the pupil.

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Has it ever happened to you that once you simple let go and stop worrying things simply flowed?

Fables – The four candles

Once upon a time, four candles were burning.

The place was so silent that the dialogue between them could be heard.

The first said:

I am the Peace, and even with my light, people cannot manage to keep me lit.

Soon, the flame extinguished.

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The second said:

I am Faith!

Sadly, I am not needed by people. They don’t want to know about God or their Spirit, it doesn’t make sense to continue burning.

When she finished talking, a soft wind blew her out.

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Very quietly and sad, the third candle spoke:

I am Love!

I can’t continue burning, I am tired. People put me aside, only interested in taking care of themselves up to the point of forgetting those around them.

It too went out.

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Suddenly, a boy arrives and sees the three extinguished candles…

– What is this! You must be lit and burn until the end!

Then the fourth candle spoke:

– Fear not, my son.

While I am lit, we can re-ignite the other candles.

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Then the boy took the candle of Hope and re-kindled the other candles.

 Author: unknown

May the candle of Hope never extinguish for you, for it is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Fables – The firefly and the snake

Once upon a time, there was a snake that started chasing relentlesly a beautiful firefly.

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The glowing insect fled as fast as it could from the fearsome predator, but the snake didn’t give up.

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It fled for a full day and the snake didn’t give up. Two days and nothing. On the third day, totally exhausted, the firefly stopped and told the sanke:

– Can I make you a couple questions?

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– I’m not used to allow such a thing…but since I’m going to eat you, go ahead.

–  Do I belong to your chain of food?

– No

– Have I done you any harm?

– No

– Then, why do you want to end me?

– Because I can’t stand seing you glow.

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Has it happened to you that someone went against you because they couldn’t stand your glow and have later acknowledged it? Leave your comment or tweet @growthhunter

Fables – Why are you asleep?

Once upon a time there was a village in India close to a trading road. Many people passed by.

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But the village had become known for an unlikely event: there was a man that been asleep for over a forth of a century non stop.

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Nobody knew the reason. What a strange event! Those who travelled through the road always stopped to observe the sleeping man.

But how can this be? – asked the visitors.

In the near region lived a hermit.

He was a disdainful and spent the day in deep contemplation and would not be distrubed.

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But he has become famous for being able to read other people’s thoughts.

The mayor of the village visited him and begged that he visited the sleeping man and try to fin out the cause of his long and deep rest.

The hermit was noble so, beyond his unappealing facade, he accepted to help discover the misery.

He went to the village and sat next to the sleeping man. He concentrated deeply and strated driving his conscience into the sleeping man’s mind.

At last, his mental enegy connected.

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Minutes later, the hermit came back to his regular conscience state and all the village had gathered to hear what he had to say. With a clam voice, he explained:

 – Dear friends, I have reached the brain and heart of the sleeping man. I have searched for the origin and I am glad to announce I have found it.

This man dreams he is awake, therefore he has no intention of waking up.

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  * The Master says: don’t be like this man, spiritually asleep so deeply that you believe you are Awakened.*

Fables – You are I and I am You

Once upon a time there was an honest student.

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In his heart lived the desire of perfectioning himself. One dawn, when the crickets started to break the silence of the late afternoon, he traveled to a humble house in the mountains where a yogui dwelled and knocked on his door.

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– Who is it? – asked the yogui

– It is me, respected master. I have come to seek spiritual guiding from you

– You are not prepared enough – answered the yogui without opening the door. Spend a year in a cave and meditate. Meditate without break. Then, come back and I will guide you.

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In the begining, the student felt his heart sink, but since he was fully determined, he obeyed the yogui.

He found a cave in the base of the mountain and during a year he practiced deep meditation. He learned how to be with himself and Being.

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When the monsoon arrived, he knew a year had past since he arrived to the cave. He left to meet again with the yogui and knocked at his door.

– Who is it? – asked the yogui-

– I am You – answered the student.

– If that is so -said the yogui – enter. There was no place in this house for two “I”s

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Fables – All you need is fear

Once upon a time there was a king with a pure heart and very interested in spiritual growth.

He was visited often by yogis and mystical masters that could provide him with advice and methods for his personal enlightment.

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News reached him about a very suspicious aesthet and resolved to call him to try him.

The aesther presented himself to the monarch and the later stated:

“Proof you are an authentic aesthet or I will have you hanged!”

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The yogi said:

Majesty, I promise I have very strange and supernatural visions. I see a golden bird in the sky and the daemons under the earth. I can see them right now!

“How is it possible – inquired the king –  that through these thick walls you can see what you claim in the sky and under the earth?”

The aesther answered:

“I only needed fear”

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Author: traditional Indian tale

We always speak badly of fear…but it does have its uses! Have you had a situation where fear has aided you?

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Fables – The bee and the bird

The bee was flying in its busy work, going from flower to flower, doing what it had to do without questioning anything. The field provided all it needed for its joy and enjoy.

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But a terrible drought hit the land. The plants and flowers no longer grew as they did before and the field became a desolated and lifeless barren.

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The bee, not knowing what to do, went to ask for advice to a wise bird that lived close by.

“Dear Bird, tell me, Why do’nt I have flowers at will like I had before? I’m trying to understand what has happened and I can’t understand it”.

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“Instead of trying to understand, try to pay attention, dear friend. Instead of asking why,  thinking about what has happened, pay attention to what surrounds you and you will be able to act as needed, in this case, going to other more fertile lands.

Not all things are solved by thinking about them but observingwhat is happening. So stop thinking and act in whatever way you need to continue living”, said the Bird.

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Sometimes, the absurd and inexplicable does not have a logical explanation we can understand. What is more important is that we pay attention to what is in front of you in order to find the best answer to what you need.

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