love, even the rocks will open."
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
"We are kept from the
experience of Spirit
because our inner world is cluttered with past
As we begin to clear away this clutter,
the energy of divine light and love begins to flow
through our being." ~
Thomas Keating ~ http://free.freespeech.org/americanstateterrorism/solutions/GreatQuotes.html
Becomes" Collage by Rashani
There is a
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a
cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside
which is unbreakable
while learning to sing.
Rashani on "The
in December, 1991, following the 4th death in my
poem speaks of the vibrant, 'true nature' which
awaits us at the heart
of all experience, effortlessly residing beneath the
many veils of
we often discover this state of being through the
willingness to befriend resistance and embrace what
we think is
Large ~ OmniConscious
Love without Condition
I love you as you are, as you seek to find your own
special way to relate to
the world. I honor your choices to learn in the way
you feel is right for you.
I know it is important that you are the person you
want to be and not someone
that I, or others, think you ~should~ be. I realise
that I cannot know what is
best for you, although perhaps sometimes I think I
do. I have not been where
you have been, viewing life from the angle you have.
I do not know what you
have chosen to learn, how you have chosen to learn
it, with whom or in what
time period. I have not walked life looking through
your eye, so how can I know
what you need.
I allow you to be in the world without a thought or
word of judgment about the
deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you
say and do. In this place
where I am, I see that there are many ways to
perceive and experience the
different facets of our world. I allow without
reservation the choices you make
in each moment. I make no judgment of this, for if I
would deny you your right
to your evolution, then I would deny that right for
all others and myself.
To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst
I may not choose to add
my power and my energy to this way, I will never deny
you the gift of love. As
I love you, so shall I be loved. As I sow, so shall I
I allow you the Universal right of Free Will to walk
your own path, creating
steps or to sit awhile if that is right for you. I
will make no judgment that
these steps are large or small, nor light or heavy or
that they lead up or
down, for this is just my viewpoint.
I may see you do nothing and judge it to be unworthy
and yet I cannot always
see the higher picture of the order and oneness of
For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose
their own evolution and
with great love, I acknowledge your right to
determine your future. I bow to
the realisation that the way I see as best for me
does not have to mean it is
also right for you. I know that you are led as ~I
Am~, following the inner
excitement to be ~your-self~.
I know that the many races, religions, customs,
nationalities and beliefs
within our world, bring us great richness and allow
us the benefit and
teachings of such diverseness. I know we each learn
in our own unique way in
order to bring that love and wisdom back to the
whole. I know that if there
were only one way to do something, there would need
only be one person.
I will not only love you if you behave in a way I
think you should or believe
in those things I believe in.
The love I feel is for ~all that is~. I know that
every living thing is a part
of ~all that is~ and I feel a deep love within for
every person, animal, tree
and flower, every bird, river and ocean and for all
the creatures in the world.
I live my life in loving service, being the best me I
can, becoming wiser in
the perfection of Truth, becoming happier in the joy
of . . .
"It doesn't matter
how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our
limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn
on the light, it doesn't matter if the room has been
dark for a day, or a week, or ten thousand years --
we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we
contact our capacity for love and happiness... the
light has been turned on."
~ Sharon Salzberg ~
Rashani on "THE FEAST OF
THIS MOMENT (a song of gratitude)": "During
the months of May and June, 2003, I offered 7
public satsangs and over 70 private sessions in New
York City, at
Kripalu Yoga Center and in Sweden and Denmark.
The following is a song I wrote for the many people
who attended these
events. I was deeply moved by their willingness to be
whatever arose and to trust in the
THE FEAST OF THIS MOMENT
(a song of gratitude)
welcome to the feast,
its just begun.
its a celebration for everyone,
a chance to meet the moon and sun within you.
theres space for every
part of you,
regardless of your point of view.
come and share the old and new together.
bring to the feast your
bring to the feast the meek and mild,
bring the jaguar and all your wildest creatures.
bring the one whos
and the part of you which feels confused.
bring the pride which has refused forgiveness.
bring your beauty and strike
enter the field beyond right and wrong,
bring the ones who long to be received now.
invite the one whos so
invite the child who never stayed,
invite the part of you which played perfection.
come to the feast, oh come
to know the truth you kept apart,
bring to the feast your total heart and being.
bring the one whos
crying in pain,
bring the dancer in the rain,
bring the one whos vain and sometimes
bring the parts you left
bring the one whos hard to find,
bring the lonely and confined fixations.
all are welcome here today.
i long to hear what they each say.
this feast of the moment may just last forever!
invite the beast who has no
who all these years you could not tame,
in mercys presence, even shame will turn to
bring the nun & the monk
and the lovers heart you crucified.
invite them gently, to abide together now.
bring the betrayer and the
bring the wisdom you have not obeyed.
yes, come to find Who made what cant be
this is a feast of day and night,
where we receive the fragrance of light
while leaving behind the plight of past and
bring, yes, the one who
wanted to die,
whose heart is sepalled within the sigh.
theres space for every cry and song of
weve come to remember
who we are,
to marvel at the falling star
that reminds us how far weve been from
bring the child who wanted
the one you lock so deep inside.
even bring the voice which tried to silence you.
bring the boy who played in
whose only friends were deep in his dreams.
invite him now to surf on beams of laughter.
the sadness he carried all
which turned his thoughts into so many fears
are transforming now, into tears of
bring the girl who was
taught to believe
that pain was the only gift shed receive.
deeper than pain, her Heart can perceive the
now. she tried so hard to therapise
and then she tried to analyse
her purest being which has no guise or garments.
invite the one who tried to
the haunting memories that would not end;
who tried, but failed, to bend the spoon of
bring the fear you tried to
the explosiveness that turned to rage.
invite the tyrant who wants to wage each war.
bring to the feast the
which searched for years, hoping to find
a way to change and leave behind all suffering.
let us open now to this
and trust that theres an effortless way
to Be who we are while giving away our burdens.
lets close our eyes
and open to grace,
see, without seeing, our original face
and know, deep within,our place
in this creation.
its a caravan of no despair!
it doesnt matter what you wear.
youll see that love is everywhere around
around, within, above,
in the breath itself, its not fast or slow.
kiss the earth and throw to God your sorrows.
feel the butterflies in your
the cobra rising from the ancient tomb.
were the tapestry on the heart-loom of
waiting deep inside.
a radiant aliveness unable to hide.
its the ever-abiding current in
its "the pearl
beyond price" deep within,
its the essence of both yang and yin,
what we are, have always been & will always
its the golden light
in the polarbears fur,
the star that shines in every "him" and
its the gentle purr of the white siberian
its the sea turtle
eating what you thought was pain,
the woman in the desert who you thought was
who turned out to be the sanest, wisest shaman.
its the diamond he
gave you from the other side,
the forgiveness from your sister who long ago
its the nectar of love residing in us all.
purusha, buddha, quan yin,
tatanka weanska, to you i bow...
coming home, without knowing how i came here .
sobriety" is one of its names,
a pristine clarity that plays no games.
its a quiet spark within the flames
its a powerful force,
an effortless current, of course:
an invitation to divorce the minds
to dyhani ywahoo and ma
to every bodhisatva in their suit and tie,
to the 5 year old child who asked, "Why do
i bow to ramana and papaji
gangaji, faisal, pema and norbu,
to family, friends and lovers, who show me the
~ Rashani ~
[Editor's Note: Rashani Réa has
generously made available to NDHighlights her poems
and art. All works by Rashani Réa presented in this
issue are individually copyright ©2003 - 2004,
Rashani Réa, www.rashani.com ]
DID I LOVE WELL?
"Even the most exalted
states and the most exceptional spiritual
accomplishments are unimportant if we cannot be happy
in the most basic and ordinary ways, if we cannot
touch one another and the life we have been given
with our hearts.
In undertaking a spiritual life,
what matters is simple: we must make certain that our
path is connected with our heart. Many other visions
are offered to us in the modern spiritual
marketplace. Great spiritual traditions offer stories
of enlightenment, bliss, knowledge, divine ecstasy,
and the highest possibilities of human spirit. Out of
the broad range of teachings available to us in the
West, often we are first attracted to these glamorous
and extraordinary aspects. While the promise of
attaining such states can come true, and while these
states do represent the teachings, in one sense, they
are also one of the advertising techniques of the
spiritual trade. They are not the goal of spiritual
life. In the end, spiritual life is not a process of
seeking or gaining some extraordinary condition or
special powers. In fact, such seeking can take us
away from ourselves. If we are not careful, we can
easily find the great failures of our modern
society--its ambition, materialism, and individual
isolation--repeated in our spiritual life.
In beginning a genuine spiritual
journey, we have to stay much closer to home, to
focus directly on what is right here in front of us,
to make sure that our path is connected with our
deepest love. Don Juan, in his teachings to Carlos
Castaneda, put it this way: Look at every path
closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you
think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone
one question. This question is one that only a very
old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once
when I was young and my blood was too vigorous for me
to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell
you what it is: Does this path have a heart? If it
does, the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no
~ Jack Kornfield ~
"A PATH WITH HEART"
The moment you have in your
heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel
the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will
discover that for you the world is transformed.
J. Krishnamurti ~
"When the self is no more,
there is simply an abiding in the beloved. The game
goes on and there is a response to the game. But the
response comes from nowhere and goes to nowhere. And
the game and the response is the divine expression.
All and everything is seen and heard and felt as the
beloved. And the beloved is the ground of all that
~ Tony Parsons ~
"As It Is"
Q: So what you are saying is, we
are all bound by the law of karma and it's better to
give than to receive.
Zen Master Seung Sahn: Don't
check on giving and receiving, just DO IT! (laughs)
"Just do it!" is very important. If you
love somebody, then only love is enough. Don't check.
If you are checking, that's like saying, when you
like somebody, "I love you, why don't you love
me?" - that's not love. Love is unconditional.
Only giving, only giving, just as this earth, this
universe, gives us everything.
Every day we breathe in, breathe
out. Nobody pays money for that. Living in this
world, food is very important, clothes are very
important, a house is very important. For all these
things we must pay money. If for only ten minutes you
do not breathe, you die. But no one says "Thank
you very much" for their air.
The universe always gives us
this air. This air has no hindrance, it connects with
everybody, not just human beings. The air connects
with trees and animals and sky. We are all connected
by this breathing in, breathing out. When you sleep,
when you're awake, whether you have good thinking or
bad thinking, you breathe in and breathe out. Always.
If you stop, you die. So this much is given to you,
this air. This is love mind. Think about it.
Also, if we had no sun, we would
die. If we exploded all the missiles that Russia and
America have, a cloud would cover the earth. No sun
could penetrate this cloud. The earth would grow cold
- then what? Everything would die. So this sunlight
is very important, but no one says, "Thank you
very much, sun."
Next is water, very important.
For water we pay money. We don't pay the water, we
only pay to have the water brought here from the
mountain. Nobody pays the water any money. Also, if
we had no earth, then what? We could not grow any
food, any trees, any flowers.
Air, fire, water, earth - the
four elements. The universe takes these elements and
makes your body. That's your life's root. Correct
roots. Nowadays, human beings don't understand their
roots. "I go to the factory, I make money, so I
make a living. I don't have to believe in God, I
don't owe the universe anything. What's the big deal?
I have money, I take care of myself." This style
of thinking. We have all forgotten our human roots.
If you have no air, no ground, you cannot stay alive.
Anytime you do not believe in
love, you die. What is your life? The whole universe
is only giving, giving to you, We call that
unconditional love. It has no condition. So you must
also give to this universe. Loving and helping this
universe is necessary. Don't make atom bombs, don't
kill animals, don't pollute the air or anything.
Many people have seen the movie
"Never Cry Wolf." Human beings never
understand their correct situation. Human beings are
the number one bad animal. We have destroyed much of
nature, air, water and trees. Then we say we want
world peace. Not possible. That is number one stupid!
So that is not so good. Human
beings must just now WAKE UP - that is important. If
we do not wake up, we cannot continue this human
world, ok? It will soon disappear.
Q: If all the animals in the
world can exist in peace without human beings, then
why are we here? (Laughter)
ZMSS: Why are we here? I ask
you, why do you eat every day? (Laughter) If everyone
gives to each other, then there's no problem. The
universe gives us everything. We are holding our
I-my-me, our "I want this?" so this earth
has a problem.
You must understand correct
love. There's the famous story about two women
arguing about a baby, Each one said, "This is my
baby." The the King said, "Bring the baby
here, I will divide it in two. You take half, you
take the other half." He picked up his sword to
kill the baby and one woman said, "Oh, you take
this baby!" to the other woman. That is
unconditional love. Not for myself, but only love
~ Zen Master Seung Sahn ~
"The things of the mind are
jealousy, envy, ambition, the desire to be somebody,
to achieve success. These things of the mind fill
your hearts, and then you say you love; but how can
you love when you have all these confusing elements
in you? When there is smoke, how can there be a pure
flame? Love is not a thing of the mind; and love is
the only solution to our problems."
~ J. Krishnamurti ~
is not an emotion, it is your very existence"
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ~
Reach out and touch Love.
Eat Love, sweat Love, and smell Love.
For Love is but the Selfs Awareness of
Ramana Maharshi ~ http://www.ods.nl/amigo/amigo3/index.html?poezie.html~mainFrame
"Only if one knows the
truth of love, which is the real nature of Self, will
the strong entangled knot of life be untied. Only if
one attains the height of love will liberation be
attained. Such is the heart of all religions. The
experience of Self is only love, which is seeing only
love, hearing only love, feeling only love, tasting
only love and smelling only love, which is bliss.
But when you talk of love, there
is duality, is there not - the person who loves and
the entity called God who is loved? The individual is
not separate from God. Hence love means one has love
towards one's own Self."
~ Ramana ~
"This sense of affection,
this love, this quality cannot be cultivated, cannot
be practised, cannot be brought about; but it must
happen as naturally as breathing, as fully with great
joy and delight as the sunset."
~ J. Krishnamurti ~
"In relationship lies all
the work that needs to be done on the spiritual path:
the confrontation with our holding, grief, fear,
distrust, and judgment.
In the deepest spiritual
practices, one discovers that pure awareness and pure
love are indistinguishable."
~ Steven Levine ~
to have loved you
in numberless forms,
in life after life,
in age after age
forever. ~ Rabindranath
is never overcome by hatred,
hatred is overcome by love.
This is an eternal law." ~
"Love is will, the will to
share your happiness with all. Being happy, making
happy, this is the rhythm of love."
"By all means be selfish;
the right way. Wish yourself well, labour at what is
good for you. Destroy all that stands between you and
happiness. Be all; love all; be happy; make happy. No
happiness is greater."
~ Nisargadatta ~
I touch God in my song as the hill touches the
far-away sea with its waterfall.
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has
Let my love, like sunlight, surround you and yet give
you illumined freedom.
Love remains a secret even when spoken, for only a
lover truly knows that he is loved.
Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no
freedom for the tree.
In love I pay my endless debt to thee for what thou
"Love is so vast within
itself. Its where you die. You dont die
into fear; you die into love. Its so vast that
it will burn you up. Its so jealous and greedy
for itself mirrored back that it will leave you
nothing. And when youre feeling that if you
dont give it away youll die in it,
its so vast that theres nothing you can
do with it. All you can do is be it."
~ Byron Katie ~
The Third Canon of Thought - A
Key to the Enigmas of the World by P.D. Ouspensky
- Rewarmed by DenytEnAmun (April
13, 1992 CE)
"So, to apprehend the
noumenal world we must change our form of perception
and representation, achieve an inner change. How is
this to be done?
Art and Love
Ouspensky calls the proper way
of approaching the world poetical understanding; art
is the means of perception that we should learn if we
want to enter into communion with the world of
causes. Higher art will be the language of the
future. Also love, as the strongest of emotions, is a
force which can disclose the needed qualities. From
an evolutionary point of view there is a vast
overabundance (beyond what is needed for perpetuating
the species) of love, and perhaps the vivid sense of
the miraculous and consciousness of the unreality of
(bluntly materialistic) life connected with intense
experience will bring man beyond (material) facts and
help him see new things."
all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we
consider as dead) love is the motive force which drives
the creative activity in the most diverse
directions." ~ P. D.
Ouspensky ~ http://www.geocities.com/azdriana4/love.html
"Without self-love a man
can do nothing. There are two qualities of self-love.
One is a dirty thing. The other, an impulse, love of
the real "I". Without this it is impossible
to move. An ancient Hindu saying - "Happy is he
who loves himself, for he can love me."
~ G. I. Gurdjieff ~
"That which you are, your
true self, you love it, and whatever you do, you do
for your own happiness. To find it, to know it, to
cherish it is your basic urge. Since time immemorial
you loved yourself, but not wisely. Use your body and
mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all.
Be true to your own self, love
your self absolutely. Do not pretend that you love
others as yourself. Unless you have realized them as
one with yourself, you cannot love them. Don't
pretend to be what you are not, don't refuse to be
what you are."
~ Nisargardatta ~
there is sorrow, let me sow love...For it is in dying to
self, that we are born to Eternal Life."
Saint Francis ~
"Bhakthi, Karma, Jnana and
(Raja) Yoga, all these paths are one. You cannot love
God without knowing Him nor know him without loving
him. Love manifests itself in everything you do and
that is Karma. The development of mental perception
(Yoga), is the necessary preliminary before you can
know or love God..."
~ Ramana Maharishi ~
quoted in 'Crumbs from his
Table' by Ramanananda
Should come out of your
Silence, awarenes, meditativeness.
It is soft, it is unbinding
Because how can Love create fetters
For the one it loves? ~
Osho ~ http://www.ods.nl/amigo/amigo3/index.html?poezie.html~mainFrame
Q:..... I feel that love is
deeper than emptiness.
Papaji:..... Some people say
that in emptiness there is no love and no beauty.
These traditions and teachers say that emptiness
is empty of everything. This is not my
the fathomlessness of emptiness,
The very heart of emptiness,
arriving at the depths of emptiness,
there is love and beauty!
It is very beautiful.
flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows,
even though we do not love it."
a man takes in by contemplation,
that he pours out in love." ~
Meister Eckhart ~
"Spiritual awakening is
frequently described as a journey to the top of a
mountain. We leave our attachments and our
worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the
top. At the peak we have transcended all pain. The
only problem with this metaphor is that we leave all
the others behind.. . . In the process of discovering
our true nature, the journey goes down, not up. . . .
Instead of transcending the suffering of all
creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. .
. . We explore the reality and unpredictability of
insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away.
If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we will let
it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or
aggression, we move down and down and down. With us
move millions of others, our companions in awakening
from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the
healing water of compassion. Right down there in the
thick of things, we discover the love that will not
~ Pema Chodron ~
must feel everything, otherwise the world loses its
Carlos Castaneda ~
Teachings of Don Juan" http://spiral.plangentdesign.com/quotes.html
Sri Atmananda: "I have
no mine-ness, attachment or egoism. I am eternal,
non-doer, all-purity, self-dependent and
self-luminous. Attributeless, changeless and
unconditioned, I am the abode of Love, stainless, the
one without second and ever peaceful."
~ from Atma Darshan ~
I was going to ask:
What about positive emotions such as love and joy?
They are inseparable from your
natural state of inner connectedness with Being.
Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep
peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the
stream of thought. For most people, such gaps happen
rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the
mind is rendered "speechless," sometimes
triggered by great beauty, extreme physical exertion,
or even great danger. Suddenly, there is inner
stillness. And within that stillness there is a
subtle but intense joy, there is love, there is
Usually, such moments are
short-lived, as the mind quickly resumes its
noise-making activity that we call thinking. Love,
joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed
yourself from mind dominance. But they are not what I
would call emotions. They lie beyond the emotions, on
a much deeper level. So you need to become fully
conscious of your emotions and be able to feel them
before you can feel that which lies beyond
~ Eckhart Tolle ~
"The Power of Now"
coward is incapable of exhibiting love;
it is the prerogative of the brave."
Mahatma Gandhi ~
takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and
know we cannot live within." ~James
"For one human being to
love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of
all our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but
~ Rainier Maria Rilke ~
"I find that somehow, by
shifting the focus of attention, I become the very
thing I look at, and experience the kind of
consciousness it has; I become the inner witness of
the thing. I call this capacity of entering other
focal points of consciousness, love; you may give it
any name you like.
Love says "I am
everything". Wisdom says "I am
nothing". Between the two, my life flows. Since
at any point of time and space I can be both the
subject and the object of experience, I express it by
saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both.
The consciousness in you and the
consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek
unity and that is love. "
~ Nisargadatta ~
thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the
deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens
into character. So watch the thought and its ways with
care. And let it spring from love, born out of
concern for all beings." ~
Panhala ~ Joe Riley
Country Of Marriage
V. Our bond is no little economy based
on the exchange
of my love and work for yours, so much for so much
of an expendable fund. We don't know what its limits are
that puts us in the dark. We are more together
than we know, how else could we keep on discovering
we are more together than we thought?
You are the known way leading always to the unknown,
and you are the known place to which the unknown is
leading me back. More blessed in you than I know,
I possess nothing worthy to give you, nothing
not belittled by my saying that I possess it.
Even an hour of love is a moral predicament, a blessing
a man may be hard up to be worthy of. He can only
accept it, as a plant accepts from all the bounty of the
enough to live, and then accepts the dark,
passing unencumbered back to the earth, as I
have fallen tine and again from the great strength
of my desire, helpless, into your arms.
I am learning to give you is my death
to set you free of me, and me from myself
into the dark and the new light. Like the water
of a deep stream, love is always too much. We
did not make it. Though we drink till we burst
we cannot have it all, or want it all.
In its abundance it survives our thirst.
In the evening we come down to the shore
to drink our fill, and sleep, while it
flows through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us, except we keep returning
to its rich waters thirsty. We enter,
willing to die, into the commonwealth of its joy.
give you what is unbounded, passing from dark to dark,
containing darkness: a night of rain, an early morning.
I give you the life I have let live for the love of you:
a clump of orange-blooming weeds beside the road,
the young orchard waiting in the snow, our own life
that we have planted in the ground, as I
have planted mine in you. I give you my love for all
beautiful and honest women that you gather to yourself
again and again, and satisfy--and this poem,
no more mine than any man's who has loved a woman.
~ Wendell Berry ~
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"You need not get at it
(Enlightenment), for you are it. It will get at you,
if you give it a chance. Let go your attachment to
the unreal and the real will swiftly and smoothly
slip into its own. Stop imagining yourself being or
doing this or that and the realisation that you are
the source and heart of all will dawn upon you. With
this will come great love which is not choice or
predilection, nor attachment, but a power which makes
all things love - worthy and lovable."
~ Nisargadatta ~
your love reaches the core,
Earth-heavals and bright interruptions
spew in the air.
The universe becomes
one spiritual thing,
Love mixing with Spirit.
~ Rumi ~
RUNGS OF LOVE
first one loves only when one is loved.
Next, one loves spontaneously but one wants
to be loved in return.
Further on, one loves even if one is not
loved but one still wants one's love to be accepted.
And finally one loves purely and simply
without any other need or joy than that of loving.
~ Sri Aurobindo ~
Joseph Risch ~ Nasrudin (archives)
the end of a long loaf
For 50 years of a fine marriage,
Nasrudin made sandwiches for saturday
lunches he and his wonderful wife shared. one day she
said that she was
angry "for years now you have given me the end
slices of every loaf of bread
we eat together. i hate them, they are the worst
slices and you always give
them to me." Nasrudin sat silently for a
second and said "but they are my favorite