Double Parable: The Question & Label Makers

in the spirit of things and for the fact that these two parables i felt went so well together. (which is nice because they are right next to each other in De Mellos Book.) Teaching of awareness and to look inward at your True Nature, these two really hit home and can cast out doubt in usher in beauty from within.

The Question:

Said the monk, “All these mountains
and rivers and the earth and stars
–where do they come from?”

Said the master, “Where does your
question come from?”

Search within!

-Anthony De Mello

I like this because questions that we seem to ask, we simply are expecting an answer
from something outside of ourselves, like another human beings can possibly give us
the truth that we are looking for. Is it not the inward direct truth that we actually seek.
Society only programs the mind into believe that the only truth is the truth of knowledge,
but what made this knowledge the king of the castle? What happened to that split second
insight that one says, “This is so!” something that which does not take time to study formulas
or concepts to regurgitate them out of sheer societal programming? So search within… This brings me to the next parable about labels.


Label Makers

Life is like heady wine.
Everyone reads the label on the bottle.
Hardly anyone tastes the wine.

Buddha once help up a flower to his
disciples and asked each of them to
say something about it.

One pronounced a
lecture. Another a poem.
Yet another a parable.
Each trying to outdo the
other in depth and erudition.

Label Makers!

smiled and said nothing. Only he had
seen the flower.

If I could only taste a bird,
a flower,
a tree,
a human face!

But, alas, I have no time! My energy is spent deciphering the label.

-Anthony De Mello


We are so caught up in our own labels that we forget what is really there, so why not practice just seeing things, don’t label them, as soon as you label something, they become an object, and they are put into a tiny little box in which you restrict their beauty to your bias, interpretation, expectation. Why put a prison around something that cannot be grasped by the mind.

We also tend to do this with ourselves if you’ve every observed yourself. Merely knowing that you can’t possibly know what you really are is the most freedom you can give yourself, you are no longer in fear of acting a certain way for others acceptance or the fear of doing right or wrong, it merely comes natural for that specific moment in time. Its better to be truthful to yourself then to lie to yourself and others. What good does fooling yourself do, besides cause conflict and suffering? Being yourself may not take away whatever conflict is to you but you will understand it alot better because you will understand yourself and your True Nature. Then the feeling of conflict changes, you don’t progress, but you change. Nothing is ever progressing, you can’t progress who you truly are, you’ve been perfect this whole time, but I’ll put it in respect to a mirror.

A mirror is a mirror but over time it gains dust, that doesn’t change
the fact that its a mirror nor whether it does its job good or bad.
It just does what it does unconditionally. That is how we are, we are the mirror
and its merely discovering the dust is there and then cleaning the dust off so that
we can continue to function the way we are suppose to. The mirror doesn’t get better
with dusting, it merely is able to function as itself.

Also thanks to Lizzy for posting a beautiful post on self-awareness and self-knowledge. If you have time check it out. πŸ™‚


Also I just quickly wanted to post a site a friend of mine blessed me with. Writings of Osho
of which I have not read much of but have been very delightful in the readings I have done
of this artist. (eBooks)

I suggest if you’re interested, to check them out, and if you like them, buy the books! πŸ™‚

Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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