How to deal with an impending event...

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How to deal with an impending event...

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet Dachshund dog along for company.

One day, the Dachshund started chasing butterflies and before long the Dachshund discovered that he was lost. Wandering about, he noticed a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch.

The Dachshund thought, "I'm in deep trouble now! Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by and immediately settled down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard was about to leap, the Dachshund exclaimed loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here."

Hearing this, the leopard halted his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror came over him, and slinked away into the trees. "Whew," said the leopard. "That was close. That Dachshund! He nearly had me!"

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figured he could put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he went. But the Dachshund saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up.

The monkey soon caught up with the leopard, spilled the beans and struck a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard was furious at having been made a fool of and said, "Here monkey, hop on my back and just you wait and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine."

Now the Dachshund saw the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thought "What am I going to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sat down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hadn't seen them yet... and just when they got close enough to hear, the Dachshund said......................

"Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard."

Moral: It doesn't matter what cards you hold but how you play them!!

happy together's picture

This is a beautiful story!

This is a beautiful story! :-) but what is the spiritual moral of it?

happy together | Sun, 01/24/2010 - 09:25
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Spiritual moral sounds like an oxymoron!
Why is your 'halo' on so tight?!

I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Sun, 01/24/2010 - 15:26
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Why oxymoron? she asks what

Why oxymoron? she asks what is the relevance to spirituality, what is the conclusion?

I also ask the same q.

shishmanidov35 | Sun, 01/24/2010 - 17:46
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This is a great story -

This is a great story - perhaps the spiritual aspect is one's whole approach to something? I may be wrong but consider this:

To lead a spiritual life is to not get trapped in mental positions/opinions. For example we all know that a leopard is more powerful than a small dog and would likely attack and kill such a dog in the situation in the story.

However the dog goes beyond what his mind tells him and becomes more than what he is, so to speak. He thinks outside the box and thus throws off any mentally imposed limitations. Similarily spirituality enables one to bring about unexpected events, or to be greater than what we think we are. It helps uncover the "more to life" by allowing us to step outside the box of mental limits.


ciaran_mcn | Sun, 01/24/2010 - 22:59
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Remember Yoda telling Hans to lift the spaceship?
Or George Clooney taking on the BIG leopard like corporate in Michael Clayton...
Or, Troy and the Trojan Horse...
Or one man, who turned water to wine, and walked on water, taking on the might of the Romans, and being worshipped 2000 years later as son of God...
Every hero has created a new spiritual paradigm- filled with opportunities, breaking down the old...
The entire anecdote is about the leopard 'getting the shock of his life', and believing that there is more to the dog than he can see with his ordinary, commonplace sensory understanding...
Isn't that what faith and miracles bring up too...making us spellbound...?
Often, when in presence of a real miracle, one experiences 'fear' and thrill which eventually transforms into respect and awe.......
I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 05:42
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Spiritual and moral don't go together!

Morality is religious...
Spirituality arises when one outgrows religious trappings...

I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 05:45
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moral is also conclusion

I assume you are not a native English speaker. The meaning of "moral" above is not morality but lesson, conclusion.

PS. and by the way, speaking of morality and spirituality. Spirituality does not mean nehalism and morality is not always something bad. There is morality also in spirituality but it comes also from understanding. For example, you still do not run in the street and kill people even if you have the urge because you feel more connected with others, you can feel more for them.

doo | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 08:58
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Please do ponder

Moral –adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
2. expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work; moralizing: a moral novel.
3. founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom: moral obligations.
4. capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct: a moral being.
5. conforming to the rules of right conduct (opposed to immoral ): a moral man.
6. virtuous in sexual matters; chaste.
7. of, pertaining to, or acting on the mind, feelings, will, or character: moral support.
8. resting upon convincing grounds of probability; virtual: a moral certainty.

9. the moral teaching or practical lesson contained in a fable, tale, experience, etc.
10. the embodiment or type of something.
11. morals, principles or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct.

1300–50; ME < L mōrālis, equiv. to mōr- (s. of mōs) usage, custom + -ālis -al 1

Related forms:
mor⋅al⋅less, adjective

5. upright, honest, straightforward, open, virtuous, honorable. 11. integrity, standards, morality. Morals, ethics refer to rules and standards of conduct and practice. Morals refers to generally accepted customs of conduct and right living in a society, and to the individual's practice in relation to these: the morals of our civilization. Ethics now implies high standards of honest and honorable dealing, and of methods used, esp. in the professions or in business: ethics of the medical profession.

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010

I use Moral in reference to 'customs', rules et al...
True spirituality, as I have tried to bring out through this dialogue, moves us beyond all 'matrices' and grids...
Of course, it will not have anything to do with 'Nihilism' (that's the right spelling, if I know my English; unless you mean nephalism- Total abstinence from spirits/ liquor...)

Anyway, since this is not a place to discuss English, I leave it to you to decide whether 'English is my native language or not'...


I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 16:16
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Also, I was simply trying to bring home a point here- instead of which this tangential debate has begun... (The catch words were 'sounds like')
What I wanted to say was, 'spiritual moral' said together sound quite odd- because, spiritual people wouldn't look for morals, they'd laugh at the whole anecdote, and that's it... Are there other morals we could have drawn here, other than 'spiritual morals'? Awakening stories do not 'spoon feed'...
Too much is made out of drawing out meanings, and seeing significance and omens in situations, stories and events- which takes away from the wonder and awe of living in the moment... Look at all the people around that blindly follow feng shui, tarot, crystals, and those who firmly believe in doomsday/ 2012 etc.- not that I'm trying to put them down- just that there seems to be some kind of fear psychosis ruling MMMs (Meaning Making Machines)... And looking for 'moral values/ lessons' in things is so similar... (BTW the catch word here is 'Blindly')

I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Mon, 01/25/2010 - 16:52