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Insightful Story: All Roads Lead To Rome
Abraham bought his lucky ticket at Mecca.
But can the holy places - Vaticans, Varanasis or Vagharshapats help one attain God?
"You know what?" he said to the barber. "Barbers don't exist."
"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. I just worked on you. Have you forgotten so quickly?"
“I won’t forget to smile”, he said, nuzzling her lovingly “as I face my fears. But do you know how to protect yourself against lightning strikes?”
His face was serious again. She didn’t know what she would do when the crash came, but it didn’t matter.
Glimpses of greatness can be seen all around us, not just in ancient avatars and famous leaders.
Necessity and opportunity creates heroes out of ordinary beings.
"God has never forsaken me", he answered, "He provides for the insects, for birds, for animals, for trees. He has always provided for me. And, he will continue to provide."
"God helps those who help themselves", she whispered, "Trust in God, but keep your powder dry."
Spiritual Story: Here I Am, Lord
‘Is it I Lord?’ Rosh thinks, remembering Daniel Schutte’s Christian hymn, ‘Will you lead me?’
Becoming was dead. Being had begun
"Bribing God?" Rosh had overheard her, "He laughs at prayers like that!"
"What's wrong with me showing some gratitude if He hears and answers my prayers?" Isha flared.
'Amazing!’ he thought, ‘How God appears to those who are deserving. And miraculous, how they are able to get back through to Him.’
‘Yet these communication channels remain open to us all. As Intuition and Prayer. Intuition, when God phones us up. And prayer, when we are telephoning God.’
"I have left so much behind", Pi said, "In the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go."
"But what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."
Yann Martel's Life of Pi is reviewed by a school boy.
"Belief requires a leap of faith, and so it is a matter of our choice," he concludes.
The caretaker was a bit surprised at the strange request and said, "I'm sorry, I've never heard of anyone in heaven wanting to get married.”
“I'm afraid you'll have to talk to the Lord God Almighty about that. I can get you an appointment next week."
'I am afraid to take this leap of faith. You say that the eagle alone can look into the sun. And the sun rejuvenates its eyes. But I am weak and fearful."
"If I am no eagle, the sun will scorch mine. And smite them down for my arrogance."
“What interested me in Kierkegaard," said Rosh, "was the realization that here was a man 200 years before me, thinking about how belief inherited through custom, tradition or lineage reduced the wonder of faith to a civil duty.”
“Like in post-Upanishadic India, up until recent times, religion here was being practiced by the population out of habit and fear, rather than due to any individual choices made by people about their own lives and destiny.”
'What do I care about most?' he thought.
And it came to him suddenly, 'I don't want to lose my father.'
"No," said Kabir, "but please give my regards to the Allah of Mecca."
The friend was puzzled.
"Is there a different Allah in Mecca?" he asked.
"Year after year, the fern flourished, and the bamboo just lay hidden beneath the soil, wanting simply to be forgotten. But I did not forget it, and I would not quit on it.”
"Then one fine morning, a tiny bamboo sprout peeked shyly out of the earth. Compared to the fern, it was so small and insignificant, so unsure of itself.”
"Within the current legislature, the UK Court could not justify the right to kill under an individual's private affairs despite voluntary consent, as this would cheapen the right-to-life for others."
"The protection of all its citizens by State was deemed to be of greater importance than the respect for an individual's autonomy."
"What we do in life, what choices we make in life comes from our perception of who we are."
"But that still doesn't make it clearer for me how I am that?" asked Josh. "How can I be the same as you, or one with Nature or God?"
Spiritual Story: Why Do We Seek?
Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going?
Why are these questions important? Why do they compel our hearts?