The Greatest Gift:
Grandfather sat by a tree with grandmother by his side. They smiled with a look of enlightenment and contentment as they spoke with each other. Beyond the tree they sat under two children played as sun’s life poured down on them. Their laughter was all grandfather and grandmother could hear as the children played in their imaginary world of what grandmother called, “Play School for Living and Loving”.
After a long time of playing the young brother and sister came to sit under the tree with grandfather and grandmother; “I’m mad”, said the brother as he scowled at his sister. “Well then, I’m mad too”, said sister as she made a frown toward her brother.
Grandfather looked at both of them, closed his eyes and asked, “And what is it that takes the most important gift in life from both of you”? “She isn’t being nice to me”, said the boy. ”I won’t give him what he wants now”, said sister. “And why not”, asked grandmother?
Sister replied, “I was giving my brother good things, stuff like a friend, a sister; we were playing and I was just giving him stuff like that”. Brother spoke up and said, “No you weren’t, I was giving stuff like that to you; just I was giving you a brother, not a sister. Grandfather asked, “Do either of you know what you give away as you sit here upset and mad”? “I don’t care, and I don’t want to play with him anymore, said sister. “Well, I don’t care; in fact I don’t need you any more, you are not my sister”, said the little boy.
Grandfather again questioned both of them, “Do either of you know what gift you give away as you sit here mad as you are? It is more important than anything else in your life; do you really want to give it away? And for how long will you give it away before you become even madder that you did so”? Grandmother spoke, “You both like to sing as you play your games, I listen. Your songs become like honey to my ears, they are so beautiful. Listen to grandfather; you see children, I don’t think either of you wish to continue such an arrogant, hurtful way as you are right now. Am I not right”? “Yes”, they both said as they enjoyed the shade of the tree.
The little boy and girl looked at grandfather with anticipation and wonder in their eyes. “What gift do we give back as we become so angry, and why is there anger anyway”, they questioned? Grandmother cradled both of them in her loving arms as they sat under the tree and grandfather spoke, Grandfather smiled again and said, “It would seem that “Human animals” haven’t learned from all the experiences, good and bad, and lessons how to be. They end up talking about how to be, yet do not want to accept the nature of being human, the duality we truly are, both animal and spirit”.
He smiled as he spoke more, “The gift is there for everyone, not just you two. You don’t realize of what you give away when you allow your thoughts, emotions, and senses to run wild as they do when such things as fear and anger are all you know”. “Grandpa, what do we give away that is so great a gift when we become mad or become fearful, sister said as she poked brother and they both began to laugh.
Brother frowned and said, “But I don’t want to play with you”, and pulled away. Grandmother smiled and spoke to them both, “You see, you find the law that is the gift for all life and once again you give away. I just saw you both begin to take it back. Do you truly wish to give it away again”?
Sister looked at grandfather, she looked deep into his eyes; “Common grandfather, you both are playing jokes on us aren’t you. You and grandmother are just playing jokes huh”? Grandfather chuckled as he replied to brother and sister, “Both of you will be the joke if you do not listen for a moment. You see, when you let your feelings and senses run wild you give up freedom, and without freedom how can you receive the gift of joy. Without joy how will either of you have the greatest of all truths in life? Your negativity steals it away from both of you.
Little sister smiled with grandfather as she spoke, “Well then grandfather, what is this truth for life you speak of”? Brother said, “Grandfather, will we punished for not following this law? I sure don’t want to get into trouble”. Sister showed concern as she said, “No trouble, no trouble, grandmother, grandfather, we don’t want to get into trouble”.
Grandfather and grandmother smiled and chuckled some at the expressions of concern from both the children. Grandmother spoke, “Trouble is what you will find if you give the gift away; and the trouble will be what you earn by giving the gift away. “Earn?”, both the children said. “How can anyone earn trouble, brother said. “And who would want to work for nothing more than trouble”, sister said. “I don’t think it is a good idea to work for trouble”, brother said. Sister nodded her head, “Who want to earn trouble anyway”. Grandmother smiled, closed her eyes and said, “Listen more to grandfather as he will explain so much more if you do.
Grandfather smiled at grandmother as he said, “You think that I know what to say to these two wonderful children, so I shall endeavor to do my best for all of you. Joy is the goal of life. Do either of you feel the gift of joy when you are angry or fearful? “No” they replied as grandfather smiled. Grandmother just held them close to her heart as she loved them so. She smiled with grandfather and asked,” what gift did receive with your anger”? “None”, said the little girl. Brother spoke and said, “All I get is bad feelings all over. How can that be any kind of gift”? Grandfather laughed as he said, “Then the only gift you receive is the booby prize”? “That’s stupid isn’t it”, sister said as she smiled. The four of them smiled and laughed at sisters expressions.
Grandfather began to speak more of the gift, “It all begins here; as you think you will speak, either to others or to yourself as your thoughts become feeling and emotions. You will always hear your thoughts as you would another’s words. Allowing thoughts, which create emotions run wild is no different than allowing any animal to run untrained through a community. When fearful or angry you create the opposite of freedom. Sister questioned, “How grandpa. I am free now even though I’m mad at my brother”. Grandmother chuckled as she spoke, “Good thoughts are always freeing to the very heart of you, and they lead to good feelings, good words, and good actions. From this there is nothing to fear or be angry for. Bad thoughts make the thinker the slave to those thoughts, fear and anger lead to hate and hate leads to suffering for both the hater and the hated. Which is happier when you think, good or bad thoughts”? “Why the good thoughts, said brother, I am free to laugh and have a good time playing. I am free”. “I don’t like to fear”, said sister, I feel trapped and always become angry at someone or something. That makes me feel even more trapped”.
Grandfather and grandmother smiled as grandfather began to speak, “A slave, a slave, just a slave to your thoughts, words, and actions; isn’t that what happens”? “Yes”, said brother and sister. “And we like being free don’t we my brother”. “I don’t like feeling like I do when I get mad” said brother.
Grandfather spoke some more as he wished to help the wonderful children, “Still, you have not heard of the most important gift you give up when you allow anger or fear to rule you. Would you like to know more”? Both brother and sister smiled with anticipation as grandfather spoke, “Confusion and misunderstanding are a part of human nature. Because this is so it will be your choice to be negative and angry; fearful of the person, the world, or even yourself or to feel good. You will find yourself thinking bad or negative thoughts, often without realizing you are doing so. But, when you find yourself there you can change how you think if you try. You will find that as you try your thoughts will get better and better. Still you may find yourself getting mad or fearful. It will be up to you how you want to feel and which gifts you will receive either the good ones or the bad. You can always choose, so which do you choose now.
Brother and sister looked at each other, and at grandmother and grandfather. The energy of love, with thoughts of tenderness poured from their wonderful eyes. “We choose good ones”, they both said. “Why” grandmother asked? Because we just adore each other and you too grandmother and grandfather, that’s why”.
Brother spoke and asked, “But you haven’t told us the greatest law, or told us the gift we give away. What are they”. Grandfather smiled as he spoke, “the greatest of all the law is that of non-violence; it is the heart of all truth, and that is love. When we feel affection for ourselves, others, life, and this world in our hearts we find ourselves as that love. When you allow anger and fear to take control, you give the gift of love away for a time, you stop being you. The greatest gift to all life is to be in love with all life is; it is the one truth, and so powerful in its humbleness. You gave it back when you were angry and fearful, but as patient as love is, it just waited for you to want it again. By not allowing your thoughts, words, and actions to be negative and bad you experience good feelings, emotions, and attitudes. You receive the gift of peace of mind, which only love can give”. Love is what you and your creator truly are.
All were quiet for a moment when sister said, “I love you all so very much”. Brother then said, “And I am free to be happy now”. “Good”, said grandmother. “Now”, let’s go get an ice cream said grandfather. They all laughed and were so happy. Grandfather and grandmother were right love was just waiting. And for them, they were being what they were again; LOVE.