STEP 2 Discover the Purpose

In the introduction to Timeless Wisdom: Passages for Meditation from the World’s Saints and Sages, by Eknath Easwaran, the author begins with a parable. It is a story about an ancient sculptor in India who carves elephants from stone. One day a king visits and asks the man for the secret of his great artistry.

The sculptor explains that once a large stone is secured, he spends a very long time studying the stone. He does this with complete concentration and will not allow himself to be distracted. At first he sees nothing but the huge rock. Then, over a long period he begins to notice something in the substance of the great stone. His expanding awareness begins with a feeling and turns into a vague impression, ...

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