Greetings! and welcome you all on this wonderful day!
As we meet today, let us unite in the spirit of peace, remembering that we are all beings with the power to love Let us take a moment to center ourselves in that place within, where we can feel our divinity. There is a sacred sanctuary within. When we go there we feel free, completely loving and joyful. When we go there we feel divinely connected to each other and to the Universe. This is the goal of Meditation. Let’s continue our sacred journey in earnest towards our “Pilgrimage to self”.
Today, I will share with you a little understanding, that there is wisdom in imperfection too. Just in case any of you were feeling a little imperfect today, … here’s a little story.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After 2 yrs of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out, all the way as we walk back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and everyday while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to offer to god, decorate the table, and gift it to my friends. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace my life.”
My friends, each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that makeour lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life! Thank you all my crackpot friends!!!! Continue your “Pilgrimage to self”. Never forget what you have learned so far. Remember we all have an incredible power in our mind to heal ourselves as well as others. This power of the mind starts with one basic idea: you control your thoughts, and with them, you can take charge of your own life, to get good health, healing, happiness, and harmony. Put into practice, whatever you have learned in the past few weeks. Practice consistently, persistently, diligently and sincerely, the results will amaze you.
Continue to observe carefully the events of your daily living, as they unfold and try to understand the significance of each event. Life is our greatest teacher and guide. Learn to see the lessons and rewards that the universe sends you every day. Open your eyes!
Have a divine day in the company of each other. Know that I will be thinking of you and sending my love.