I got this wonderful spiritual parable from someone. I am sharing the parable with my comments. Please share your insights too.
“One Sunday morning, a wealthy man sat in his balcony enjoying sunshine and his coffee when a little ant caught his eye which was going from one side to the other side of the balcony carrying a big leaf several times more than its size.
The man watched it for more than an hour. He saw that the ant faced many obstacles during its journey, paused, took a diversion and then continued towards destination.
At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor. It paused for a little while, analyzed and then laid the huge leaf over the crack, walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.
The man was captivated by the cleverness of the ant, one of God’s tiniest creatures. The incident left the man in awe and forced him to contemplate over the miracle of Creation. It showed the Greatness of the Creator.
In front of his eyes there was this tiny creature of God, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyze, contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome.
A while later the man saw that the creature had reached its destination – a tiny hole in the floor which was entrance to its underground dwelling.
And it was at this point that the ant’s shortcoming that it shared with the man was revealed.
How could the ant carry into the tiny hole the large leaf that it had managed to carefully bring to the destination? It simply couldn’t! So the tiny creature, after all the painstaking and hard work and exercising great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left behind the large leaf and went home empty-handed.
The ant had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey and in the end the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it.
The creature had no option, but to leave it behind to reach its destination.
The man learned a great lesson that day”
My comments :
The ant found a way to overcome its obstacle when it had to go over the crack, by planting the leaf over the crack. This teaches us that solutions presents themselves to us when we are in trouble,but we need to be relaxed and not get worked up.
My own personal experience has taught me that earlier when I used to be highly strung, I would face more challenges but as I have learned to surrender and let go, my work effortlessly tends to happen.
I still have to take actions but I stay relaxed with this faith that all is well. Trust me, I have never been happier!
I realised how foolish I was earlier to have plan B, C and D, in case plan A failed, and yes, I would always encounter problems because my mind had already fixated on the idea that plan A would fail. Your mind is mighty powerful and if you can learn to control it, then your life becomes much easier to navigate. Problems come, but stay in faith that some solution will present itself and remain aware. The Universe is not trying to punish you but always on your side, but you need to allow it to work for you, by staying in faith.
The second lesson is that, we keep accumulating so much and carry burdens on our shoulders and in the end, eventually everything is left behind. We come empty handed and we shall go back without hands even! Unburden yourself from all vices and all that brings you suffering and misery. Stop being attached to materialistic possessions, with the awareness that none will go with you. Only wealth that truly goes back is spiritual in nature because you are a Spirit once the physical body is dead.