Presence

"Where should I look for Enlightenment?"

"Here"

"When will it happen?"

"It is happenig right now."

"Then why don't I experience it?"

"Because you do not look."

"What should I look for?"

"Nothing. Just look."

"At what?"

"Anything your eyes alight upon."

"Must I look in a special kind of way?"

"No. The ordinary way will do."

"But don't I always look the ordinary way?"

"No."

"Because to look you must be here. You're mostly somewhere else."


Depth

Said the Master to the businessman: "As the fish perishes on dry land, so you perish when you get entrangled in the world. The fish must return to the water - you must return to solitude."

The businessman was aghast. "Must I give up my business and go into a monastery?"

"No no. Hold on to your business and go into your heart."


Interiority

The disciple asked for a word of wisdom.

Said the Master "Go sit within your cell and your cell will teach you wisdom."

"But I have no cell. I am no monk."

"Of course you have a cell. Look within."


Charism

The disciple was a Jew. "What good work shall I do to be acceptable to God?"

"How should I know?" said the Master "Your Bible says that Abraham practiced hospitality and Go was with him. Elias loved to pray and God was with him. David ruled a kingdom and God was with him too."

"Is there some way I can find my own alloted work?"

"Yes. Search for the deepest inclination of your heart and follow it."