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The Suitcase

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A man died, when he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.
God said: Alright son its time to go.
Surprised the man responded: Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans…
I’m sorry but its time to go.
What do you have in that suitcase? the man asked.
God answered: Your belongings.
My belongings? you mean my things, my clothes, my money?
God answered: Those things were not yours they belonged to the earth.
Is it my memories? the man asked

God answered: those never belonged to you they belonged to Time
Is it my talents?
God answered: those were never yours they belonged to the circumstances.
Is it my friends and family?
God answered: I’m sorry they were never yours they belonged to the path.
Is it my wife and son?
God answered: They were never yours they belonged to your heart.
Is it my body?
God answered: that was never yours it belonged to the dust.
Is it my soul?
God answered: No that is mine.

Full of fear, the man took the suitcase from god and opened it just to find out the suitcase was empty.
With a tear coming down his cheek the man said: I never had anything??!!

God answered: That is correct,every moment you lived were only yours. Life is just a moment; a moment that belongs to you. For this reason enjoy this time while you have it. Don’t let anything that you think you own stop you from doing so.

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(My Wife referred me to a video she watched. In this video, How arrival of John, is no more called that way, once he is dead. Instead it is called arrival of body. Hummm…. who had the name??? )

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There was once a man who was on his way back home from market with his camel and, as he’d had a good day, he decided to stop at a mosque along the road and offer his thanks to God.

He left his camel outside and went in with his prayer mat and spent several hours offering thanks to Allah, praying and promising that he’d be a good Muslim in the future, help the poor and be an upstanding pillar of his community.

When he emerged it was already dark and lo and behold – his camel was gone!

He immediately flew into a violent temper and shook his fist at the sky, yelling:

“You traitor, Allah! How could you do this to me? I put all my trust in you and then you go and stab me in the back like this!”

A passing sufi dervish heard the man yelling and chuckled to himself.

“Listen,” he said, “Trust God but, you know, tie up your camel.”

 

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Twinkies and Root Beer

 

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey.

Twinkies Boy

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. 

The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. 

Twinkies Feeding
The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. 
He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie.
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The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at boy.
His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.
Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug.
The man gave him his biggest smile ever.
Twinkies Hug
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later,
 his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.
 She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?
 
“He replied, “I had lunch with God.”
 But before his mother could respond, he added,
“You know what? God’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
 
Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home.
His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked,
” Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”
He replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.”
However, before his son responded, he added,
” You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
 
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
 a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
 
~author unknown~
Story shared by my sweetheart, my wife, Siham.

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why together

“All the teachers say that spiritual treasure is something one finds alone. So why are we all here together?” asked a disciple of the Sufi master Nasrudin. “You are all here together because a forest is always stronger than a lone tree,” replied Nasrudin.

“The forest maintains the humidity in the air, it resists the hurricane, and it helps to make the soil fertile. But what makes a tree strong is its root, and the root of one plant cannot help another plant to grow. Working together towards the same end and allowing each one to grow in his own way, that is the path for those who wish to commune with God.”

 

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Divide as God would

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Two children found a bag containing twelve marbles. They argued over how to divide the toys and finally went to see Nasrudin. When asked to settle their disagreement, Nasrudin asked whether the children wanted him to divide the marbles as a human would or as God would.

The children replied, “We want it to be fair. Divide the marbles as God would.”

So, Nasrudin counted out the marbles and gave three to one child and nine to the other.

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On the path of will there are methods – hundreds of methods. On the path of surrender, surrender itself is the method, there are no other methods – remember this.

All these one hundreds of methods require a certain will; they require something to be done by you. You manipulate your energy, you balance your energy, you create a center in your chaos. You do something. Your effort is significant, basic, required.

All methods are non-surrendering, because a method means depending on yourself. You can do something; the technique is there, so you do it.

On the path of surrender, you are no more, so you cannot do anything. You have done the ultimate, the last: you have surrendered. On the path of surrender, surrender is the only method.

Though the song addresses Jesus, it implies divinity as such. If you have a different faith, replace the name and find your groove.  Thankful to my lovely wife for making me listen to this beautiful song over the weekend. 

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A Cliff

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A man was chased off a cliff by a tiger. He fell and just managed to hold onto a branch. Six feet above him stood the tiger, snarling. A hundred feet below, a violent sea lashed fierce-looking rocks. To his horror, he noticed that the branch he was clutching was being gnawed at its roots by two rats. Seeing he was doomed, he cried out, “O Lord, save me!”

He heard a voice, “Of course, I will save you. But first, let go of the branch!”

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