|TrueSight Journal (continued)|
| By ordinary standards Pax would be considered a less than remarkable German Shepherd runt of a dog. By standards of heart and kindness, he was an amazing being who touched everyone who came into contact with him. He constantly displayed remarkable intelligence, patience and compassion.
I used to buy bones from the butcher for Pax, big juicy leg bones that he would enjoy for hours on end. It was one of the small ways I could repay the kindness and generosity he always showed. On this particular day in 1977, I had just given Pax one of these bones when the local bookstore called to say the book my teacher had ordered was in. Pax was always invited to go with me wherever I went, but rather than ask him to leave his new bone behind, I decided to leave him with his bone for the few minutes we would be gone.
| We drove to the bookstore and picked up the new book. On the way home, we passed a young man hitch-hiking with a puppy, and they both looked very thin and hungry. The young man might have been able to fend for himself, but we were sure the puppy couldn't, and they both looked in need of a good meal. I pulled the car over and we picked them up. In a small town in Maine in the 1970s, this wasn't considered unusual or dangerous.
When we arrived at home a few short minutes later, Pax came to greet us at the door. He took one brief look at the puppy and disappeared, returning moments later carrying his big, juicy bone. Beyond all instincts to the contrary, he padded over and set the bone on the floor in front of the puppy, backed up a few steps, sat down and smiled an invitation at the puppy to go ahead and enjoy it.
Come, come, Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It does not matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, come though you’ve broken your vow a thousand times.
Come yet again, come, come.
|Since this is an oral tradition, the meanings of the words we use are of great importance. Both out of respect for the lineage and a desire to best impart the teachings, we have decided to include in each issue an exploration of the words we use.
Judgment: the act of judging; the operation of the mind, involving comparison and discrimination, by which a knowledge of the values and relations of things, whether of moral qualities, intellectual concepts, logical propositions, or material facts, is obtained; the act of determining what is conformable to law and justice; the mandate or sentence of God as the judge of all; that act of the mind by which two ideas are compared for the purpose of ascertaining their agreement or disagreement; the final award; the last sentence; an opinion formed by judging something; the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions
Discernment: the power or faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes one thing from another; power of viewing differences in objects and their relations and tendencies; penetrative and discriminate mental vision; acuteness; sagacity; insight; keenness and accuracy of mental vision; seeing deeply into a subject; tracing out minute distinctions of thought; the cognitive condition of someone who understands; perception of that which is obscure; perceptiveness
Discrimination: the contrasting of opposite thoughts; the act of noting and marking differences; the state of being discriminated, distinguished, or set apart; the faculty of nicely distinguishing; acute discernment; the cognitive process whereby differences between two or more stimuli are perceived
Distinguish: to separate by definition of terms or logical division with regard to difference; to mark off by some characteristic; to differentiate: to recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate (anything) from other things with which it might be confounded; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; mark as different; detect with the senses; make conspicuous
|An Age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine,
but because people refuse to see it.
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