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The Forgotten Wisdom by Dr. Scott Zarcinas, Founder, Unlocking Your Life seminars
#19 The Proud Mouse
One day in Morocco, a mouse accidentally snagged a rope that was tethered to a donkey. As it walked on, the donkey felt a tug on its tether. Thinking it was its master, the donkey followed the mouse.
Surprised by the donkey’s actions, the mouse thought to itself: Geez, how strong and mighty am I to pull a donkey many, many times my size!
Enjoying his new-found strength, the mouse continued to lead the donkey for some while until they came upon the banks of a flowing stream.
“Why have you stopped?” asked the donkey. “You must continue to lead me.”
The mouse said, “I fear this stream is too deep and rapid for us to cross.”
“Let me see,” said the donkey and waded into the water, which only came up to its knees. “It is not so deep,” he said. “Come, let’s continue.”
The mouse, however, was too afraid. “For you the water is shallow and meek, but to me it’s a raging bull.”
“No problems, get on my back and we will cross together,” said the donkey. “And next time, do not be so proud.”
A variation of this parable is attributed to Rumi, the 13th Century mystic Sufi poet. For the Sufis and other mystical thinkers, the ego or personality is the biggest hurdle to communing with God and finding ultimate love, peace and freedom. Pride of one’s self solidifies the ego and enhances the illusion of separateness from Self. Thus Rumi warns to beware of one’s pride.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas is the Founder of Unlocking Your Life seminars. He is the author of numerous books, including Your Natural State of Being.