"For hours a day, the saint and his followers would meditate on God. The only problem was that the saint had a young cat, an annoying creature, who used to walk through the temple meowing and purring and bothering everyone during meditation. So the saint, in all his practical wisdom, commanded that the cat be tied to a pole outside for a few hours a day, only during meditation, so as to not disturb everyone. This became a habit - tying the cat to the pole and then meditating on God - but as years passed, the habit hardened into religious ritual. Nobody could meditate unless the cat was tied to the pole first. Then one day the cat died. The saint's followers were panic-stricken. It was a major religious crisis - how could they meditate now, without a cat to tie to a pole?
In their minds, the cat had become the means.
It may be useful to remember that it is not the tying of the cat to the pole that has ever brought anyone transcendence, but only the constant desire of an individual seeker to experience the eternal compassion of the divine.
Flexibility is just as essential for divinity as is discipline."
- Die woorde van Elizabeth Gilbert. Ek't haar boek EAT PRAY LOVE op ons boekelys gesit. Dis regtig 'n fantastiese boek - vol waarhede en humor :-).
My vraag is dit: wat is ons moderne metaforiese kat? Is "religious rituals" regtig 'n struikelblok vir alle gelowiges, of sukkel net sommige mense daarmee?
By the way, ek gaan dalk bietjie stil wees vir die volgende paar weke - skryf nou eksamen. Hou my maar asb. in julle gebede... Hehe!