Entries by Carol O'Connor

Listen

“Do not follow the ideas of others but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.”

The Hermit

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain as a hermit. One day a man from the village decided to make the long and difficult journey to visit the Holy Man. He arrived at the house, knocked and an old servant greeted 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 at his surroundings, anticipating his encounter with the Holy Man. Before he knew it, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside…

Dare

“Are you happy with yourself?
Are you doing what you like?
Gather courage and go for it.
Life belongs to those who dare to live.”

Mother

“There was a beginning of the world
That may be regarded as the mother of the world.
Attain the mother and you will know her children.
Hold on to the mother, and you will not meet with harm all your life.”

Hospitality

“Hospitality…helps ensure a generous spirit of love in which wisdom naturally flourishes. Without that spirit, there may be great learning but it will not bear fruit as the realisation of unity or the Self.”

The Peacock’s Tail

There was a time when the peacock could fly higher than any other bird, over the trees and nearly up to the sunlit clouds. One day after soaring above the earth, the peacock landed near a quiet pool and glimpsed his reflection in the water. Horrified, he saw that his feathers were dull brown, without a single scarlet plume or gold crest among them. “This is terrible!” he cried. “I would pay any price if only I could be beautiful.” And he fell asleep that night still lamenting his plainness…

Attend to Now

“Whatever we are now is the result of our acts and thoughts in the past; and whatever we shall be in the future will be the result of what we think and do now.”