The mountain

I once saw a t-shirt at a New Age shop with this quote: “There are many paths up the mountain, but at the top, the same bright moon.”  It was penned by a Japanese philosopher named Ikkyu.

I like this quote because it seems so simple and so honest.  Our goal is to unite with our Creator.  Keep moving upwards.  The closer you get to the top, the more people you are going to see from different faith traditions because the mountain is getting smaller as it goes up.  Why do you care how they got there?  Are you jealous?  Is it “your” God?  Or are you concerned for them? Are you afraid that their way might get them lost?  Are you so sure of your way?  If your way leads you to judge them, then you have a pretty good clue that you are close to falling off the mountain.

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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