Seeing More

A very rich young man went to see a Rabbi in order to ask his advice about what he should do with his life. The Rabbi led him over to the window and asked him: “What can you see through the glass?”…

Knowing Love

Many years ago, all feelings and emotions gathered to spend their vacation on a coastal island. Each of them was having a good time, but one day there was announced a warning of a storm and everyone had to leave the island.

This caused a panic, and all except Love rushed to their boats. There was much to do, so Love was the last one to realize that it was time to leave. No free boats were left, but Love looked around with hope…

The Lost Mare

One day, an old man living on the frontier lost one of his mares. All his neighbors felt sorry for him and came to console him, but the old man was not in the least disheartened. “Well,” he said, “I don’t care much about it. Who can say that it is not for good also?”

A few days later the mare returned, accompanied by a fine wild horse. The neighbors were surprised and came to congratulate him full of praise of the horse. The old man showed no sign of happiness. “Joy often begets sorrow,” he said, “so who cannot tell if this won’t turn out to be a bad thing?”…

Change Your Mind

A man lost his axe and suspected that his neighbor’s son had stolen it. He watched the youth closely and his suspicion brewed increasingly…

Brotherhood

An Abbot gathered together his students and asked them: “How do we know the exact moment when night ends and day begins?”

“It’s when, standing some way away, you can tell a sheep from a dog,” said one boy.

The Abbot was not content with the answer…

Ayaz and the King

A slave named Ayaz was one of ten brought before the king, to select one to be his personal attendant. The wise king gave each of the ten slaves a wineglass and commanded all to throw it down. Then the king asked each one of them, ‘Why did you do such a thing?’ The first nine answered, “Because your Majesty gave me the order.” Then came the tenth slave, Ayaz, who said, “Pardon, Sire. I am sorry.” This beautiful expression enchanted the king so much that he selected Ayaz to be his attendant…

Love = Joy

A parishioner approached the priest and asked: “How should I best use my days so that God will be contented with my actions?”

“There is only one way possible, and that is to live with love,” replied the priest.

A few minutes later, another member of the parish asked the same question of the priest…

Words

The disciples were absorbed in a discussion of Lao-Tzu’s dictum:

“Those who know do not say; those who say do not know.”

When the Master entered, they asked him exactly what the words meant…

Passing Through

An American tourist went to Cairo. He wished to see the pyramids, the Cairo Museum and the Nile. The other important thing on his list was to visit with the famous Polish rabbi, Hafez Ayim…

Instant Peace

The King called all of his counselors together for a meeting. He addressed them: “I want you to research and consult the wisest and most learned in the land. Follow every lead and leave no stone unturned. I want you to find the one principle that will get me through all situations in this life, forever reminding me all things here are temporal. Whether I am revered or reviled, gloating or anxious or sad, bring to me the idea that will assure my wisdom and greatness as King, that I might meditate on things eternal…”