Once upon a time there was a very religious community. The members
gathered everyday to worship God under the guidance of their wise
spiritual teacher. The people were truly God fearing and followed all
of Gods’ Laws. But their leader had a son whose actions troubled the
One day the boy, who was four years old, lost his dog. After
searching all day, he sat down in a field crying and as he cried, he
noticed a leaf on the ground near his feet. He happened to be staring
at the leaf while he was crying and for the safe return of his dog.
Two days later the dog was returned healthy and happy. The boy
attributed this miracle to the leaf and ran out to the field to find
it. Once he found the leaf he began praying to the leaf every day and
carrying it with him wherever he went – he even brought the leaf to bed.
The congregation became concerned by the actions of this child and
spoke to his father. The father simply replied, “It is his path”. And
the congregation went away disappointed.
Soon, the leaf became worn and dry and it crumbled. The boy was
devastated and cried to his father. His father simply took him back to
the field where he found the leaf and said, “Son, look there, that is
the tree from which your leaf came, see the thousands of other leaves
it also bears, if not for the tree, you would not have had your leaf.
The boy was overcome with awe at the sight of the tree full of leaves
and began to worship the tree, going to it and praying everyday with
love and thanksgiving for the life of his dog.
Again, the congregation became concerned by the actions of this
child and spoke to his father. The father simply replied, “It is his
path”. And the congregation went away disappointed.
A few months later the tree became diseased and had to be cut down.
And once again the child was distraught beyond consolation. His father
again led the boy to the field and said, “You see this field, this is
the field from which your tree and all of these others have come, and
it is the field from which your tree grew, from which your leaf grew
that saved your dog. So the boy, once again in awe of the expanse of
trees and leaves produced by this field began to lie in the field on
the dirt and the grass and pray every day in love and thanksgiving to
Once again, the congregation became concerned by the actions of this
child and spoke to his father. Once again, father simply replied, “It
is his path”. And the congregation went away disappointed.
Shortly after this, the field was sold to a developer who dug up all
the trees and covered the field with concrete and buildings. Now the
boy was beyond himself with loss and desperation, there was no more
field, so there would be no more trees, no more leaves and no more
miracles. His father calmly took him out into the road and said, “Son,
look around you, the earth is covered with fields of trees, with leaves
– all come from the earth and the earth comes from God, the Bible says,
in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth”.
God is the Source from which all things are born. It is God who
created the earth upon which your field grew, from which your tree
grew, from which your leaf grew. All things come from God and all
things contain God in the form of His messengers. You prayed to the
angel in the leaf, who sent your message to the angel in the tree, who
sent your message to the angel in the field, who sent your message to
the angel in the earth – who whispered your prayer to God – and because
God heard your prayer from the leaf, your dog was returned. So the
boy said, “From now on I will honor God and His Angels by giving thanks
to everything and everyone on earth, but I will send my deepest prayers
to God who is the eternal Source of all.”
The boy grew up to assume his father’s role as teacher, but his
congregation expanded greatly because his journey taught him to
understand and therefore teach, that all paths were created by God to
lead us Home.
God created the world with enough diversity that every being on it
could find something or someone to believe in. God knew that there is
nothing on earth, whether it is a blade of grass, a human being, a
mosquito, or a brick of gold that does not contain God. That there is
nothing that man can worship in, in which he does not worship in God.
Knowing all, God knows that all things on earth will pass, all form
will give way, and everything with a beginning will also have an end.
But what has no beginning and no end is our search for union with our
Source, and no end to our need to know ourselves and from where we have
come. In the same way that God created us to know and experience
Himself. So God places before us a leaf – in which He is, and then a
tree – in which He is, or a statue or a book – in which He is, knowing,
that so long as we seeking signs and forms of Him in the world that is
wholly of Him, we will continue to seek until we find Him – who is in
every atom of the Universe and within whom, the entire universe is but
a tiny atom. So when you criticize the beliefs of others as not the
right belief, remember that there is no belief that is not created by
God and so there is no belief, except a belief in God. Just remember