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HOLY MAN- A Zen Story

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and difficult journey to visit him.

When he arrived at the house, he saw an old servant inside who greeting him at the door.

“I would like to see the wise Holy Man,” he said to the servant.

The servant smiled and led him inside. As they walked through the house, the man from the village looked eagerly around the house, anticipating his encounter with the Holy Man.

Before he knew it, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside. He stopped and turned to the servant,

“But I want to see the Holy Man!”

“You already have,” said the old man. “Everyone you may meet in life, even if they appear plain and insignificant… see each of them as a wise Holy Man. If you do this, then whatever problem you brought here today will be solved.

What would life be like if we treated everyone we came across as a divine spirit?

We would hold them in reverence, give them patience and love.  We would listen to their words.  We would give to them completely.  Imagine a world where all people held this context for each other.

In yoga the standard greeting and goodbye is with the term Namaste.  The literal meaning of Namaste is “I bow to you.”  However, the underlying context in this salutation is that I bow to the divine within you.  The words represent that each of us are divine in our own right and by pressing your hands together at the heart and saying these words we recognize the God within another being. 

We are all a piece of the divine, connected as one.  We lose this connection in life with living beings.  We create them as objects separate from ourselves.  We put them in classes and create superficial expectations.  We justify our way of being or treatment of these beings based on the role we have created for them.  We completely lose the identity of these beings as our brothers and sisters, all connected to the source of the divine spirit.  There is no separation. 

We can transform our environment. We can transform this world.  Visualize the context that all beings are divine.  Be in wonder in this thought as you interact with living beings.  Let go of all expectations and judgement and truly connect.  Let go of everything and be.  All that will be left is love. 

As John Lennon wrote…..All we need is LOVE.

Namaste…I Bow to the Divine within You

Call to Action:

    • Visualize all living beings as the divine creatures that they are.  Create this context in your mind and build actions in your life consistent with this way of being.
    • BE LOVE

Thomas D. Craig

Author A Cup of Buddha