As the stranger walked through the streets he came upon a young boy frantically running here and there. And the stranger walked over and asked: What’s wrong my son? And the young boy answered: I don’t know what to do, I have to get to work but I also have to do my chores, and I have to take my bother to school… I’m confused and don’t know what to do.
And the stranger answered: Take heart, calm your mind for there is nothing that can be accomplished when your mind is running frantically. That’s why it’s important to stop and contemplate on the silence of the heart. For God, the Universe, and the One and Only lives within your heart. And thus to contemplate on the silence brings about peace, calm, and bliss. Sit down, close your eyes, and connect with your breathing. See the blue light of the Divine in your minds eye. Sometimes the eternal light is moving and changing shape, and at other times it’s a static ball of blue light… but it always brings peace.
Focus your eyes towards infinity as though you were looking at a vast landscape with your eyes closed. For God resides within your heart and His reign of influence spreads out over eternity. Now with your mind focus on your breathing, breathing deep and with every breath silently say “OM” and as you breathe out say “OM”. For “OM” is the great expression of the Universe and all that it entails… and that includes you. At that moment the stranger touched the young boy on the shoulder, and he sat down went into a deep meditation. He was not there for long, it was only about 20 minutes or so when he opened his eyes and looked around with a feeling of peace on his face.
And the young boy said: Thank you stranger, I feel better now. Now I know exactly what I need to do. By the way… who are you? And how can I repay you?
And the stranger answered: I have come to teach love, I am from God, the Universe, and the One and Only. I am the living soul, the eternal soul which can never be hurt. Just be still for 30 minutes in the morning and for 30 minutes in the evening… and that will be my payment. For you see there is no need to pay anyone for love… love is always free.
And the young boy answered: Yes I feel different now, much better than before.
And the stranger answered: The most important spiritual practices are done in silence. We are to calm the mind and find peace, thus we become one with the One and Only – God. The mind is like a garden, we can cultivate weeds such as greed, arrogance, ego, envy, and pride with every thought we create. Or we can turn our mind to silence and create peace, love, compassion, contentment, and kindness which creates happiness and a peaceful life. Thus the mind grows strong, calm, and rock solid and able to overcome all obstacles that stand before us.
At the same time our emotions become calm and relaxed… and the body becomes supple and full of youthful vigor. The minds of most people have a habit of wandering here and there. Most people have a very hard time concentrating on anything. This is unhealthy because God, the One and Only, and the Universe focuses upon just one thing… Peace! And when we allow our mind to wander from the mind of God, we become detached from the peace of the Universe. And thus we feel contracted and empty grapes dried in the sun.
Promise me one thing my son, take the time to be in peace and silence connected to God every day. Doing so will bring riches beyond compare, not riches of gold but great peace. Peace that everyone will want in their lives and will ask you to teach them about the silence of God. Thus you will also be a teacher and teach love just like me, for love is the only answer for all the ills of the world. For with love everything can change, if we only look up and say – “Yes I have a choice, I choose to do YOUR work.”
And the young boy was so amazed by the stranger that he asked: Please let me go with you, this is my calling, this is what I’m supposed to do, please Oh Holy One… take me with you! And the stranger answered: You must talk with your mother and father… you must have their blessing.
To be continued…
Dr. Paul Haider
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