Far Eastern Teachings II

“I am extremely depressed these days,” the disciple said. “My girlfriend is now my former best friend’s girlfriend, and she took the cat with her as well. I have a degree in Social Sciences and a job frying hamburgers that barely pays the rent. When I come home at night, nothing’s waiting for me except a messy one-bedroom apartment. So I just have a couple of beers or three and conk out.”

“Your glass fill level needs adjusting,” the swami said, “everyone tends to see theirs as too empty. While people with a full glass would rather have a heap on it. That’s human nature for you.”

The disciple didn’t think that this advice would help him much. Even though he’d talked to people who greatly admired the swami and his wisdom, this platitude just wouldn’t do.

“My glass is quite empty, which ever way I look at it,” he said.

The swami closed his eyes, a smile lingering on his lips. After a while he opened his eyes again.

“You have been blessed with a glass that indeed might seem rather empty at this time. This is simply an opportunity. Go and fill it.”

– Niebla (© 2017)

From the forthcoming Encounters with Swami Vaporananda.

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Far Eastern Teachings I

You shall all have eternal life, like it or not.

– Swami Vaporananda

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The feline condition

I’ve got a collar around my neck and I’m supposed to like it if someone pets me.

– Niebla (© 2017)

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Silence

Things are as they are and do not need poetic embroidery.

– Niebla

(Haven’t been writing much poetry in some time, and this may supply some explanation. Quite apart from the fact that I’m opposed to poetic embroidery in principle.)

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Fate can be turned around

Romeo arrived on time
So did Giulia
Lives were saved &
They lived happily
Ever after &
The relatives were told
To go to hell

– Niebla (© 2016)

Author’s note
I’ve always preferred comedy to tragedy, including Shakespeare.  So why not turn one into the other?

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My precarious existence

I’m relying entirely on the fact that my computer remembers all my various passwords.

– Niebla (© 2016)

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Rebuttal

“So you believe in reincarnation? – What if you’re wrong?”

“It won’t matter. I’ll only find out when I’m dead.”

– Niebla

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