The Jewel

The old master taught beneath a great tree in the temple yard. One day a student said, Master, how may I know the truth when I see a thing differently than my friend?

The master told the students to imagine an emerald. He said to look at it closely and see the truth of it. After a few minutes he told the students to return from their contemplation and tell what they had seen.

The student who had asked the question said, I saw light moving within the beautiful deep green translucence of the jewel and remembered that there is light within the truth.

The next student said, The facets of the lustrous jewel reflected the light into different directions. Some of the rays were brighter and some were more subtle. So I received the insight that the jeweled path to enlightenment might not be without darkness, and it might set out in a direction other than what I had thought.

The next student said, I thought of the worth of the jewel and knew that beauty is of great value.

The next student said, I contemplated the great age of the jewel and was reminded that a thing that takes ages to come into being and endures for ages is also subject to impermanence and just as the mayfly must eventually cease to be.

The last student said, While contemplating the jewel I knew that truth is the greatest jewel of all.

The master replied to the students, You have all spoken truly. Now you see that more than one true thing may be spoken about whatever is perceived.



2 responses to “The Jewel

  1. So true. Today I had a brief conversation with an acquaintance whose dog is a favorite playmate of my own. She brought up the politics of the day. Why not as it is hard to avoid and of course I love a good conversation. But I played devil’s advocate by saying that as I watched Rachel Maddow the other night I couldn’t help but think that a conservative watching her would likely have the same response that I do to Rush Limbaugh. No wonder we love yoga. It is so uncomplicated when it’s just about us. 🙂

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    • Most of us would probably claim to have the same values. Not many would take a public stand against family, freedom, leading a principled life, fair play, the rule of law, etc. So how is it those shared values play out in such radically different ways? Well some might be so unreflective that they have no depth of understanding of their own values. Some might just be giving insincere lip service in their own self-interest. Some might be so poorly informed or misinformed that they are operating off of delusion. Or maybe we just notice different things about our world, everybody is being sincere and we just live in different realities. I don’t know. But I do know that times like these test the courage of our convictions. And I think we owe it to ourselves to really look thoughtfully at our own values and see where we honestly stand and what we will stand up for. Agree 100% on the sanctuary of yoga. Peace


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