“Take a pitcher full of water and set it down in the water- now it has
water inside and water outside. We musn’t give it a name, lest silly
people start talking again about the body and the soul.”
A disciple once asked a rabbi:
“Why is the stork called hasidah [which is also the Hebrew word for ‘devout]?”
The rabbi replied:”Because it often feeds its brood and worries about it with great devotion.”
“Then why is its meat not considered kosher?” retorted the disciple.
“Because it worries solely about its own!” answered the rabbi.
—Martin Burber, Ten rungs: Hasidic sayings
“A BROTHER asked one of the elders: What good thing shall I do, and
have life thereby? The old man replied: God alone knows what is good.
However, I have heard it said that someone inquired of Father Abbot
Nisteros the great, the friend of Abbot Anthony, asking: What good work
shall I do? and that he replied: Not all works are alike. For the
Scripture says that Abraham was hospitable and God was with him. Elias
loved solitary prayer, and God was with him. And Daivd was humble, and
God was with him. Therefore, whatever you see your soul to desire
according to God, do that thing, and you shall keep your heart safe.”
I exist as I am, that is enough.,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, anf that is myself.
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness, I can wait.