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Nobody Can have a Perfect Day Everyday

When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Baby, I love burned biscuits.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned.. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired.. And besides – a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!” You know, life is full of imperfect things…… and imperfect people I’m not the best housekeeper or cook.

What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults – and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker!

Lotus Beautiful Flower with a message.....

The lotus is an amazing flower. Not only is it a symbol of wisdom and purity, it has a range of spiritual overtones that serve as popular aids to learning.

The lotus, emerging from the water and standing above it - undrenched and unsullied - has come to be accepted as a symbol of enlightenment and purity of mind in Buddhist and Hindu thought. Not only is the lotus in bloom a pretty sight, it evokes positive thoughts in one who links it with his own journey on the spiritual path.

The image of the flower has profound connotations and can be so easily used to interpret and explain the Buddha's transcendence, the non-attachment concept of the Bhagavad Gita, and the evolution of our consciousness, the cause and effect theory of karma, and a host of other teachings.

The lotus is closely linked to the sun. It opens when the sun rises and closes when the sun sets. The eight petals of the flower could be taken to signify the eight noble paths. The white coloured lotus stands for mental purity and spiritual perfection, the red for purity of heart, love and compassion, the blue for wisdom and the pink lotus is often considered as the supreme lotus reserved for the most exalted deity.

In each one of us, the lotus can be visualised seated on the crown in a subtle form of a thousand petals opening upwards to receive divine cosmic energy. A closed lotus indicates an innate potential for enlightenment and an open blossom signifies an evolved consciousness. In paintings and sculptures, Buddha - the enlightened one - is often shown seated on a fully blossomed lotus for this reason.

The sacred lotus can be found in depictions of many Hindu gods and goddesses, too. Lakshmi, Saraswati, even Ganesh sometimes, are shown seated on the sacred lotus. Brahma the creator is depicted as seated on a fully opened lotus flower. The four faces of Brahma represent the four Vedas.

The lotus has the power to self-exist and self-regenerate and this shows the continuity of birth and rebirth. In the Statham Brahmna, the lotus is a symbol of the womb. Hence the flower is a symbol of life and fertility.

The karma principle can be explained easily with the help of the lotus. The flower signifies human life as being governed by cause and effect. Every cause produces an imprint leading to an effect that can be experienced during the doer's lifetime or in his future life.

The Buddhist mantra 'Om Mani Padme Hum' refers to the lotus. Here it signifies wisdom. In the Bhagavad Gita, non-attachment to the objects of sense perception is compared to a lotus or padma. "Any person who dedicates all his karma to the Supreme, and carries them out without clinging to the result, remains unblemished by karmas just as the lotus is untouched and undrenched by water."

The Thief and the Master....

One evening, Zen master Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras when a thief entered his house with a sharp sword, demanding “money or life”. Without any fear, Shichiri said, “Don’t disturb me! Help yourself with the money, it’s in that drawer”. And he resumed his recitation.

The thief was startled by this unexpected reaction, but he proceeded with his business anyway. While he was helping himself with the money, the master stopped and called, “Don’t take all of it. Leave some for me to pay my taxes tomorrow”. The thief left some money behind and prepared to leave. Just before he left, the master suddenly shouted at him, “You took my money and you didn’t even thank me?! That’s not polite!”. This time, the thief was really shocked at such fearlessness. He thanked the master and ran away. The thief later told his friends that he had never been so frightened in his life.

A few days later, the thief was caught and confessed, among many others, his thieft at Shichiri’s house. When the master was called as a witness, he said, “No, this man did not steal anything from me. I gave him the money. He even thanked me for it.”

The thief was so touched that he decided to repent. Upon his release from prison, he became a disciple of the master and many years later, he attained Enlightenment.
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