Friday, April 30, 2010

The Strength of Surrender

"Jesus, Moses and an old man were playing golf. Moses hit a ball that passed through a huge pond. The pond gave way. The ball fell on the other side. Then Jesus hit a ball that passed through the pond. Here again the pond gave way. There was a small hillock after the pond. Even the hillock gave way and finally the ball landed on the other side of the hillock. Now it was the turn of an old man. When he hit a ball, the ball got stuck on a huge tree. There was a strong breeze, which made the ball to fall into the pond. A frog in the pond caught the ball. A snake caught the frog. An eagle watching from the tree top, caught the snake and flew away. In between the eagle dropped the snake from its clutches… the snake in turn released the frog… the frog released the ball. The ball fell right on the 18th hole of the golf course. Moses looked at Jesus and said, ‘Never play golf with this old man’. The old man was none other than Jesus’ father Jehovah, the Lord."

I came across this wonderful anecdote quite a while ago. On one of my rounds of contemplation, I suddenly remembered this and so, pestered my mom to send me the exact anecdote from the book where I first read it in. (Looking at Life Differently, by Swami Sukhabodhananda.) Reading this story again just helped me realize once again that, (clichéd as it may sound), all one needs to do is his/her best and surrender the rest . In the story, when Jehovah, the Lord played, all the forces of nature helped mysteriously. Likewise, when you really want something with all your heart, the powers of the cosmos will somehow or the other make you realize it. And that is the strength of surrender :)

3 comments:

  1. Similar thing is mentioned in 'the alchemist'. When you set your mind on something, all of nature conspires to help you attain it!

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  2. Yes, it's mentioned there too :) Never read that book though!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Strength of Surrender

"Jesus, Moses and an old man were playing golf. Moses hit a ball that passed through a huge pond. The pond gave way. The ball fell on the other side. Then Jesus hit a ball that passed through the pond. Here again the pond gave way. There was a small hillock after the pond. Even the hillock gave way and finally the ball landed on the other side of the hillock. Now it was the turn of an old man. When he hit a ball, the ball got stuck on a huge tree. There was a strong breeze, which made the ball to fall into the pond. A frog in the pond caught the ball. A snake caught the frog. An eagle watching from the tree top, caught the snake and flew away. In between the eagle dropped the snake from its clutches… the snake in turn released the frog… the frog released the ball. The ball fell right on the 18th hole of the golf course. Moses looked at Jesus and said, ‘Never play golf with this old man’. The old man was none other than Jesus’ father Jehovah, the Lord."

I came across this wonderful anecdote quite a while ago. On one of my rounds of contemplation, I suddenly remembered this and so, pestered my mom to send me the exact anecdote from the book where I first read it in. (Looking at Life Differently, by Swami Sukhabodhananda.) Reading this story again just helped me realize once again that, (clichéd as it may sound), all one needs to do is his/her best and surrender the rest . In the story, when Jehovah, the Lord played, all the forces of nature helped mysteriously. Likewise, when you really want something with all your heart, the powers of the cosmos will somehow or the other make you realize it. And that is the strength of surrender :)

3 comments:

  1. Similar thing is mentioned in 'the alchemist'. When you set your mind on something, all of nature conspires to help you attain it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes, it's mentioned there too :) Never read that book though!

    ReplyDelete