Friday, November 9, 2007

The Dream Contract

Here is a hindu tale my teacher in World Religion shared it with us.
The Dream Contract
It was nine o'clock in the morning and Nasruddin was fast asleep. The sun had risen in the sky, the birds were singing in the trees, and Nasruddin's breakfast was getting cold. So his wife woke him up.
He woke up in rage. "Why did you wake me up just now?" he shouted. "The sun has risen in the sky," said his wife, "the birds are singing in the trees, and your breakfast is getting cold."
"Breakfast be damned," he said. "I was about to sign a contract worth a million grams of gold." With that he closed his eyes to recapture his shattered dream and those million grams of gold.
Now Nasruddin was cheating in that contract and his business partner was a tyrant. If, on recapturing his dream, Nasruddin gives up his cheating, he will become a saint. If he works strenuously to free the people from the oppression of the tyrant he will become a freedom fighter.
What kind of saint or freedom fighter are you if you are still asleep? If, in the midst of his dream, he suddenly realizes that he is dreaming, he will become awakened, enlightened.
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