Short stories, poems and quotes.

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2.  A short story on enlightenment - by JWPJr
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4.  The Dash - A poem by Linda Ellis
5.  Wise Old Sayings - A website of quotes.

A Short Story On Enlightenment

     One bright sunny morning a Buddhist Monk went on a journey to visit a very prominent wise man known throughout the land.  The monk, having a question to present to the wise man, was curious as to the wise man's reply.

     At the end of his journey the Monk finally reached his destination.  After asking a few questions about where the wise man was located, he then strolled away after thanking those he had asked for giving him the directions as to the wise man's whereabouts.

      After a short while, the monk finally had arrived at the wise man's home where he was greeted by the wise man with a smile.  The wise man knew he was going to be visited by the monk and had a light meal prepared for the monk and himself where they sat and ate together laughing light-heartedly over good conversation and tales of each owns travels.

     Right after the end of the light-hearty meal the wise man invited the monk for a walk on a garden pathway located at a mountain top where they then can sit together and look at the valley at the bottom of the mountain.  The monk was quite thrilled about the invitation of viewing the scenery and accepted the invitation without hesitation.  The wise man was happy at the acceptance of his invitation and off they went with the wise man leading the way.

     Both of them reached the top of the mountain where they then sat Indian style gazing at the scenery, the wise man then pointing out and explaining locations of the land set before them as the monk sat listening taking in the view of everything the wise man was pointing out and explaining to him.

     For a moment the wise man paused, reached within his own pocket and pulled some tobacco and a tobacco pipe out from within his vesture.  He then filled the pipe with tobacco, lit it and proceeded to puff on it lightly enjoying the smooth texture and light aroma.

     The monk, realizing a golden opportunity to pose his question to the wise man and satisfy his own curiosity as to the wise man's reply asked, "What is enlightenment?"

     A light-hearty chuckle came from the wise man.  The monk smiled and was glad that the wise man found his question to be humorous to him while waiting on his reply.

     The wise man drew a puff from his pipe, looked at the monk with a smile and gave him an answer.

     "Enlightenment is clarity by searching, studying, learning, comprehending, perceiving, thinking, discerning, memorizing, listening, observing, questioning, experiencing and reflecting which leads to wisdom by using the knowledge learned to perceive and discern in order to understand and to know so that one may see clearly and finally know the truth which is crystal clear and all that is or ever will be known as truth."

     Satisfied with the wise man's reply, the monk nodded his head in a positive gesture along with a smile and the two of them sat and watched the sunset.


Written by JWPJR  © 2010