Growth comes from inside

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Once, there were two brothers who farmed a rice paddy. When they came of age, one brother announced, “I will now seek wisdom and enlightenment by traveling the world.” The otherbrother announced, “I will become wise while staying right here.” The traveling brother donned his pack, and left. 40 years later, the traveling brother returned, a halo of enlightenment surrounding his visage. “I have seen cities and villages, deserts and seas, affluence and destitution,” he proclaimed, “and I am enlightened.” The other brother turned, and a halo of enlightenment was also illuminating his visage. “I have never left this plot of land. I have watched the sun rise and set over the same hills, the plants sprout and wither in the same earth, the waters rise and fall in the same river. I am enlightened.”

I heard this parable in high school. I have never again heard it anywhere since, and the exact words have long since escaped me–but yet, as I have beaten my own paths through cities and villages, deserts and seas, mountains and steppes, the message and question have stayed with me. What is the source of growth and wisdom? Is it something we go into the world and seek through a variety of experience–or is the potential to grow a power that we had inside of us all along?

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One thought on “Growth comes from inside

  1. Free Soul May 24, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Maybe the journey is the destination. I believe each of us has it inside already, some of us need only to recognize the power we already have, like Glenda told Dorothy, you need only to believe in yourself. For some, the journey involves travel and experience and exploration, others the journey is in the seasons and the whispers of the trees, the rattling of leaves on the ground, standing still. The way we get there is not as important as getting there, the journos the destination. What a great parable, thanks for sharing!

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