Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Astrogenghis Speaks: 'Dead Frog Wisdom' " by Dr. Ace T. Jericho, Professional Writer

[originally published in the June 1992 issue of The Oblivious Plethora; from The Jericho Files collection]

"Teacher," said Frank the Pupil. "How does one manage the self amid the complexities of Life?"

"The tea leaf floats below the water," said Astrogenghis, "but the path grows closer to the flickering candle."

"What?"

"To see the See is see what you Saw."

"I don't understand, Teacher."

"Let me tell you a story:
In ancient times, two monks set out on a pilgrimage to a distant temple. After two days of traveling, the monks stopped by a riverbank to set up camp and rest before starting again.

As they sat by the water's edge, the first monk gazed upon their surroundings and said to his companion: "Are you not stirred when you look upon the grandness of the eternal sky?"

Then he gestured at the plants and trees around them and said: "Are you not stirred by the colors of Life?"

The first monk then breathed in deeply and said: "Are you not stirred by the smell of the glory that is the Universe?"

His companion pointed to the ground and said: "You're sitting on a dead frog."
"I see now!" said Frank. "In order to attune to the Greater World, one must first attune to the Smaller World. And in so doing, one sees the Two Worlds as One World, essentially as mirrors of each other. Is that correct, Teacher?"

Astrogenghis smiled and said: "Okay..."

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