It Is You Who Give the Life

We consider bibles and religions divine–
I do not say they are not divine,

I say they have all grown out of you,
and may grow out of you still,

It is not they who give the life,
it is you who give the life.

Leaves are no more shed from the trees,
or trees from the earth,
than they are shed out of you.

— Walt Whitman

Evolution

Bruce Lee

Before I studied the art, a punch was just a punch; a kick was just a kick.

When I became a student of the art, a punch was no longer a punch; a kick no longer a kick.

When I mastered the art, a punch was just a punch; a kick was just a kick.

— Bruce Lee

Is There A God?

original photo by sukanto debnath, flickr
original photo by sukanto debnath, flickr

A man approached the master and asked, “Is there a God?”

“Of course,” said the Master.

A year later, the man came again and asked the same question.

“No, I don’t think so,” said the Master.

Yet another year later, the man came and asked the question once more.

The master did not answer but simply smiled.

Then the man said, “At last, I have caught you. You are a charlatan. For three years I have asked you the same question. You probably have not remembered but you once answered ‘yes’ and at another time, ‘no’, and now you simply smile and say nothing. If you really knew the truth, you would not have kept changing your answers.”

The master then led the man to a river and asked, “Look at the river, my friend. This river is not the same river as it was last year. It is not even the same river that it was a moment ago. It is ever-flowing, ever-moving, ever-changing.”

“When I give you an answer, I am not answering your question. I am answering YOU. In a year’s time, many things have happened and you have changed. The way you look at things have changed. The way you thinkĀ  has changed. The way you understand has changed. I, too, have changed much in this time. That is why I cannot keep on giving you the same answer every year. The nature of the question changes because the nature of the questioner has changed. The answer changes because the nature of the one answering has changed.”

“Remember, I am not a piece of dead scripture that you can open and expect to read the same thing every time.”

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