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Chapter 7: A Diamond Hidden in an Onion

Matthew 13

10 And the disciples came,
and said unto him,
“Why speakest thou
unto them in parables?”

11 He answered
and said unto them,
“Because it is given unto you
to know the mysteries
of the of heaven,
but to them it is not given.”

12 “For whosoever hath,
to him shall be given,
and he shall have more abundance:
but whosoever hath not, from him
shall be taken away even that he hath.”

18 “Hear ye therefore
the parable of the sower.”

19 “When anyone heareth the word
of the kingdom, and understandeth it not,
when cometh the wicked one,
and catcheth away
that which was sown in his heart.
This is he which received
seed by the way side.”

20 “But he that received the seed
into stony places,
the same is he that heareth the word,
and anon with joy receiveth it;”

21 “Yet hath he not root in himself,
but dureth for a while:
for when tribulation or persecution
ariseth because of the word,
by and by he is offended.”

22 “He also that received seed
among the thorns is he that
heareth the word;
and the care of this world,
and the deceitfulness of riches,
choke the word,
and he becometh unfruitful.”

23 “But he that received seed
into the good ground
is he that heareth the word,
and understandeth it;
which also beareth fruit,
and bringeth forth,
some an hundred-fold,
some sixty, some thirty.”

Jesus is like a diamond. Every facet of him contributes to the brilliance of the whole. To the sorrowing he brings solace, to the seekers he brings knowledge, to the poor he brings the kingdom of God, to the rich he brings poverty of the spirit, to the strong, humility, to the weak, strength. He is many things, and he is different to each one who comes to him. He has many faces, many aspects, and it has to be so.

It is the same is with Buddha, it is the same is with all those who have awakened - because when they talk to you or relate to you they talk to you and they relate to you. They respond. They cannot give more than that which you can take: they cannot give you that for which you have not asked; they cannot give you that for which you are not ready. They can only give you that for which you have come.

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