|Pyramid Lake, Jasper, Alberta|
In one of the stories from the book, an emperor after much study, found he only had to ask 3 questions to receive all the wise guidance he needed.
Here are the questions. Don't cheat. Answer first. Read second. Find out your batting average. Remember Babe Ruth.
1 When is the most important time?
2 Who is the most important person?
3 What is the most important thing to do?
That's right, according to Ajahn Brahm, answer these questions correctly and you can never go wrong in any situation.
Let's compare notes. You probably guessed that the answer we're looking for in number 1 is "now". You're a good test taker. Now if we could just remember this in each moment, especially the dung loaded ones!
Question 2. I got this one wrong. The interesting answer is, "the person you're with" which includes you! Ajahn Brahm reminds us, "Communication and love, can only be shared when the one you are with, no matter who they are, is the most important person in the world for you, at that time. They feel it. They know it. They respond." He points out that when we are the only one around then we are the most important person we're with! " Do you ever say, "Good morning, me. have a nice day!" he asks.
And question # 3, did you get this one? Nada. I was really stumped. One answer, for all situations? What is the most important thing to do? "to care" he says,which he describes as bringing together "careful and caring. The answer illustrates that it is where we are coming from that is the most important thing."
Now we can go out into the world armed with 3 things and not be dangerous. We have some new tools in the spiritual toolbox, especially helpful when the next truckload of dung is delivered.