I first read Dorothy Gilman’s A Nun in the Closet back in the early 80s. It’s a fun little mystery about nuns, thugs, hippies, and a funny little guru. I no longer remember most of the book, but one little passage has stayed with me all these years. It’s a small bit of dialog from the guru, Bhanjan Singh, offered during a story-telling session one evening [italics are mine]:
Once upon a time, he said, when God had finished making the world, he wanted to leave behind Him for man a piece of His own divinity, a spark of His essence, a promise to man of what he could become, with effort. He looked for a place to hide this Godhead because, he explained, what man could find too easily would never be valued by him.
“Then you must hide the Godhead on the highest mountain peak on earth,” said one of his councilors.
God shook his head. “No, for man is an adventuresome creature and he will soon enough learn to climb the highest mountain peaks.”
“Hide it then, O Great One, in the depths of the earth!”
“I think not,” said God, “for man will one day discover that he can dig into the deepest parts of the earth.”
“In the middle of the ocean then, Master?”
God shook His head. “I’ve given man a brain, you see, and one day he’ll learn to build ships and cross the mightiest oceans.”
“Where then, Master?” cried His councillors.
God smiled. “I’ll hide it in the most inaccessible place of all, and the one place that man will never think to look for it. I’ll hide it deep inside of man himself.”
I see a lot of truth in this passage, both in a spiritual sense and in a parallel to the weight loss/maintenance world. Magazines, books, DVDs, websites–they’re all great for providing information we can use. But I think we often look outside ourselves for answers to our problems, when it’s very possible that we’ll find a lot of them from within. We just have to be still and dig deep.
And when we do find them, they are more precious than gold and are nearly impossible to forget.
Just one of those posts I needed to write for myself. And an opportunity to share one of my favorite little stories with you.
Agree? Disagree? Please discuss.