A Fable

Once upon a time there dwelt an old King in a palace. In the center of a golden table in the main hall, there shone a large and magnificent jewel. Each day of the King’s life the stone sparkled more resplendently.

One day a thief stole the jewel and ran from the palace, hiding in a forest. As he stared with deep joy at the stone, to his amazement the image of the King appeared in it.

“I have come to thank you,” said the King. “You have released me from my attachment to Earth. I thought I was freed when I acquired the jewel, but then I learned that I would be released only when I passed it on, with a pure heart, to another.

“Each day of my life I polished that stone, until finally this day arrived, when the jewel became so beautiful that you stole it, and I have passed it on, and am released.

“The jewel you hold is Understanding. You cannot add to its beauty by hiding it and hinting that you have it, nor yet by wearing it with vanity. Its beauty comes of the consciousness that others have of it. Honor that which gives it beauty.”

From The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas

4 thoughts on “A Fable

  1. Hi ShadowPlay,

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    I hope you will take the time to read The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas that it came from. Quick read and good brush up :) The link is at the bottom of the post.

  2. Hi dear Trish, I LOVE this fable. Just reading it made me feel happy, free and light of heart. So much peace and lessening of fear when we can let go. How odd that we all cling so tightly. I once looked at my life and imagined if I lost everything, once I’d done that, REALLY totally imagined it, I realized that as long I was alive nothing else really mattered. I felt fearless. I’ve greatly simplified here what I went through, but it was quite a magical experience. Thank you Trish. Hugs, Robin

  3. Hugs back Robin – It’s always a treat to have you drop by share your understanding so I don’t have to steal it! :)

    It IS funny how life becomes richer with less. You may have seen my three secrets of happiness; Simplify, simplify, simplify.

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