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Bring me the Salt.

Post  Guest on Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:58 pm

This is from Experience the World's Religions by Michael Molloy - my Phil 111 text book, page 83. (Hinduism)

"The father of a young man asks him what he knows about Brahman, the Supreme Spirit; but the young man knows nothing. Trying to assist the son's understanding, the father asks his son to fill a glass with water, put salt in it and leave it over night. This happens the next day:

"Bring me the salt you put into the water last night."
Shvetaketu looked into the water, but could not find it, for it had dissolved.
His father said: "Taste the water from this side. How is it?"
"It is salt. [salty]"
"Taste it from the middle. How is it?"
"It is salt."
"Taste it from that side. How is it?"
"It is salt."
"Look for the salt again and come again to me."
The son did so, saying: "I cannot see the salt. I only see water."
Then the father said: "In the same way, O my son, you cannot see the Spirit. But in truth he is here."
"An invisible and subtle essence is the Spirit of the whole universe. That is Reality. That is Truth. Thou art That."

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Re: Bring me the Salt.

Post  Absinthe Angel on Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:21 am

Cool parable. I heard something a little bit similar a very long time ago. But I like this version much better.
Thanks for sharing it Smile

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