At the onset, thank you to Sailaja and Subramanyam for nominating me for the 3 Day 3 Quote challenge.
The story continues…
Still shaken by the second gift of wisdom, the daughter carefully reached for the gold box, wondered whether it contained something beautiful and pleasing like the mirror or something puzzling and distressing like the crystal skull.
In it was a wooden figurine of the Buddha. Lifting it out, the burnished wood exuded a warm glow. The expression of serenity on the face calmed her. By now she knew she should look for some words, and found an inscription on the base of the statue. ‘The Eternal You’, it read.
The third gift and message was the sage’s most important one to his daughter. It instructed her that the Buddha is not just someone to revere, or someone to become – it was what deep down she already was.
The ultimate truth is to be yourself. The ultimate quest is to be your best self.
My Third Quote
My final set of nominees:
The Wronged Soul
At the onset, thank you to Sailaja and Subramanyam for nominating me for the 3Day3Quote challenge.
The story continues…
The daughter was pleased with her father’s first gift of wisdom. Eagerly she opened the white box. But she recoiled startled. It contained a skull carved in crystal. Wondering why her father had chosen this symbol of death, she hesitantly reached out to take it out of the box and examine it, and noticed some words etched into the base: ‘The Future You’, it read.
Although she had just turned twenty, the second gift was a reminder of human mortality, and she was being asked to live as if each moment could be her last, appreciating every small thing in her life.
My Second Quote:
My second set of nominees:
- Melancholy Doll who has so much light in the darkest part of her mind,
- Raj Krishna who gets totally bizarre khayals (thoughts) and
- Neil Dinsmore ’cause I’m hoping to read more amazing quotes from long-dead historical figures.
A very big thank you to Sailaja and Subramanyam for nominating me for the 3Day3Quote challenge.
These are the rules of the challenge:
1. Three quote for three days.
2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
3. Thank the person who nominated you.
4. Inform the nominees.
Let me start by narrating a charming story that I read recently, about the handing over of the gift of wisdom.
As the story proceeds I shall choose my quote for the day.
Once, there lived a wise sage.
On the day his beloved daughter celebrated her twentieth birthday, which according to the customs of her people marked the end of her youth and the beginning of adulthood; he gifted her an exquisitely carved casket.
Upon opening her father’s gift she found three equally beautiful smaller caskets within, with a note from the sage that invited her to open the red one first, the white one next, and the gold one last.
Opening the red one, she found a beautiful mirror with a silver frame. She looked at her reflection and her smiling, delighted face smiled back at her. Then she noticed some words carved on the handle. ‘The Present You’ it read, and she nodded, pleased, and set it carefully aside.
Her father was a man of deep meaning, and she understood that the mirror would not only reflected her physical self, but over the years it would invite her to the lesson of self-reflection.
Which brings me to My First Quote
My first set of nominees are
- Jess Gatsby with whom I would love to stroll through the woods,
- J B West whose extraordinary thoughts I enjoy sharing, and
- Olive Ole (I don’t cook but that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the foodie pics)