Entries by Carol O'Connor

Serve

“Look after everybody so that they are happy to see you. It is better to serve the devotee of God than to serve God Himself.”

This is Good

Once upon a time, there was a king who had one really close friend from his youth. This friend became the king’s most trusted minister. The minister had an amazing ability to find the bright side of things. Whatever happened, whether it seemed good or bad, he invariably commented, “This is good!”

The minister always accompanied the king on his favorite adventures: hunting in the jungle. But once while hunting on a rainy day, the king slipped as he let the arrow go and the arrow pierced the king’s thumb…

The Key

“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.”

Four Ages of Life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly; so he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and returned, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment…

Zest of the Game

“What we see as death, empty space, or nothingness is only the trough between the crests of this endlessly waving ocean. It is all part of the illusion that there should seem to be something to be gained in the future, and that there is an urgent necessity to go on and on until we get it. Yet just as there is no time but the present, and no one except the all-and-everything, there is never anything to be gained – though the zest of the game is to pretend there is.”

Bondage

“If one could be made to understand that caring for oneself is bondage, while feeding others is freedom, then life would be easy for all.”