The Forgotten Wisdom
by Dr. Scott Zarcinas, Founder, Unlocking Your Life seminars
#21 The Golden Statue
Sheik Omar was known as the Benevolent Man of Babylon for his reputation of giving away his fortune to charity and the poor.
Such was his generosity that he decided one day to give every possession he had away for the good of humanity, surrendering himself to whatever life would present to him thereafter.
Upon achieving his aim, Sheik Omar saw a vision whilst meditating. The vision was of a strange apparition rising from the floor and, as he watched, the apparition took the shape of himself dressed in robes.
“O’ Sheik Omar, Benevolent Man of Babylon,” said the apparition. “I am your true self, which, because of your charitable deed, has now become more real to you. In view of this, and for the reason that you were able to part with your fortune without a sense of personal gain, you shall be rewarded from the Source of Everything.”
The apparition continued, “I will appear likewise before you every day and when I do you must strike me. Once broken, I shall turn into gold. You may do as you wish with the golden statue. I shall not be harmed. Everything you take will be replenished from the Infinite Source,” and with that the apparition disappeared.
The next day during meditation, Sheik Omar’s true self materialised before him as promised. He struck it with a stick and the apparition turned to gold, of which he took part for himself and gave the rest to charity.
Thus it was, until his dying days, Sheik Omar diligently broke the image of himself when it appeared before him and distributed its treasure – which was his true self – to the poor.
A variation of this parable is attributed to the Sufis, which stresses the teaching of breaking your personality, your ego, your self-image, in order to attain the infinite rewards of your true self.
Dr. Scott Zarcinas is the Founder of Unlocking Your Life seminars. He is the author of numerous books, including Your Natural State of Being.