The Ego Takes Credit and Blame

A little boy sat comfortably, quite content and pleased with the world, while his grandfather pushed his buggy uphill in the sprawling beautiful park. The gentle old man had a lot more love and good will than energy as he struggled upward. “What are you doing, young fellow?” I asked the boy. “I’m doing my […]


The day’s newspapers and television carried reports of a well-known religious leader in a war ravaged country, movingly cry out, “God, where were you when innocent people were massacred? Why were you silent?” The sage was not impressed. “This is only sentimental drama to deflect his own remorse,” he remarked. “The fool doesn’t realise that […]


A visitor, distressed by many painful life events, was searching for peace. He had tried religion, meditation and psychotherapy, but none of that had helped. He wanted to get away from it all and be at peace. “Your conflict is between what is and what is not,” the sage explained to him. “You are trying […]


“Whenever I sit in meditation, feelings of past hurts appear. Or it is anger I feel, or fears of all kinds,” a woman said. “Can you teach me a meditation that will get me away from those messy feelings and find peace?” “Meditation does not open escape routes for you, but closes them. Instead of […]


A woman said that she had been on the spiritual path for several years. At times she was filled with the terror of the consequences of the path she was walking. “For the first time I am seeing that my husband and I are not on the same wavelength. I am seeing that our marriage […]


“How is it that many people react with anger and resistance to the message of sages?” a visitor asked. “When you’re in deep sleep and someone attempts to wake you up, you’re quite likely to be rather annoyed,” the sage answered. “Many people, after years of contact with you, still seem to have such difficulty […]


One day there was an animated discussion about the religious preacher who was on television, newspapers, radio, everywhere. One of the visitors said he was amazed at how the preacher had an answer for every question, an advice for every person and was never at a loss for words. In response, the sage told them […]


The Ocean in the Dewdrop by Francis J Padinjarekara was launched by Fr Peter McVerry S.J., at Avila Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin on Sept 2. There was a large gathering of more than 150 guests who came from all over Ireland and outside. Introducing Liz Dillon, the facilitator for the evening, Fran O’Reilly spoke about the […]


A religious leader emphasised that the accurate formulation of religious teaching was absolutely necessary for clarity of thought and uniformity of practice. Himself a scholar of the scriptures, he said he had devoted his entire life to their study and critical analysis. “You have mastered the art of analysing the words of the joke, but […]


A religious leader who had lived his life in strict accordance with his teachings and principles was intolerant of other people and their failures. He was convinced that there was no saving grace in other religions and even for the ‘renegades’ in his own. He would make outrageous statements about those he condemned. “I can’t […]