Carry your cross. parable

Carry your cross. The parable of the uniqueness of fate

One day a crowd of people was walking along the road. Each carried his own cross on his shoulder. One person thought that his cross...
Portrait by Rabbi Akiva

Everything God does is for the good!

     Once Rabbi Akiva was traveling with a donkey, rooster, and lantern. He came to a village seeking lodging. No one took him in. He...

The Two Wolves

Life lesson by old Cherokee chief An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to...

The Burning Hut

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he...
Wojtek Siudmak dream paintings

Dream of a butterfly

Once Chuang Chou dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he...

“This is good!”

One African King had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred...

The Water Bearer

A water bearer had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots...
Sesshū Tōyō zen paintings

Girl by the river

Two Zen monks, Tanzan (1819-1892) and Ekido, traveling on pilgrimage, came to a muddy river crossing. There they saw a lovely young woman dressed in her...

Donkey in the well

    One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out...
Alexander Kostetsky paintings

Secret of Happiness

Paulo Coelho. Story from the Alchemist A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered...