Entries by Carol O'Connor

Dive Deep

“The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words, which are clear; the great truth has great silence.”

Fill Yourself with Truth

As an emperor was coming out of his palace for his morning walk he met a beggar. He asked the beggar, “What do you want?”

The beggar laughed and said, “You are asking me as though you can fulfill my desire!”

The king was offended. He said, “Of course I can fulfill your desire. What is it? Just tell me.”

And the beggar said, “Think twice before you promise anything. It is a very simple desire. You see this begging bowl? Can you fill it with something?”

The emperor said, “Of course!”

He called one of his viziers and told him, “Fill this man’s begging bowl with money.” The vizier went and got some money and poured it into the bowl, and it disappeared. As he poured more and more into the bowl, the moment the money hit the bowl disappeared. The begging bowl always remained empty.

Diamonds, pearls and emeralds were poured into the bowl, as the emperor’s treasuries were becoming empty.

Finally, it was the evening, and the emperor dropped at the feet of the beggar and admitted his defeat. He said, “Just tell me one thing: of what is the begging bowl made?”…

Borrow Then Return

“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime.”

Seven Wonders

A group of geography students studied the Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the Seven Wonders of the World.

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn’t turned in her paper yet. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list…

Our Role

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.”

Combine

“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.”