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January 16, 2017

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For example, in the Radha Soami Satsang Beas literature there is an oft-told story of a guru who ordered his disciples to dig a large hole in a field, only to fill it with dirt again. Then the disciple was supposed to repeat the process: dig a hole; fill it back up. Eventually the guru saw that only one person was still digging, as all the others had quit this difficult, meaningless task

Actually that story has its origins in Sikhism... just swap out the "hole digging" for "platform building":

http://www.sikhmissionarysociety.org/sms/smspublications/theteachingsofguruamardasji/chapter1/#Training%20and%20Succession%20of%20Bhai%20Jetha

Of course, I think the Sikh tradition might explain that persistence
in carrying out a "meaningless" task as a insightful realization of
its real symbolic objective. The bush leaguers throw in the towel,
er. shovel, quickly. Last saint-wannabe standing gets the gold,
or turban, or what have you...

For example, in the Radha Soami Satsang Beas literature there is an oft-told story of a guru who ordered his disciples to dig a large hole in a field, only to fill it with dirt again. Then the disciple was supposed to repeat the process: dig a hole; fill it back up. Eventually the guru saw that only one person was still digging, as all the others had quit this difficult, meaningless task

Actually that story has its origins in Sikhism... just swap out the "hole digging" for "platform building":

http://www.sikhmissionarysociety.org/sms/smspublications/theteachingsofguruamardasji/chapter1/#Training%20and%20Succession%20of%20Bhai%20Jetha

Of course, I think the Sikh tradition might explain that persistence
in carrying out a "meaningless" task as a insightful realization of
its real symbolic objective. The bush leaguers throw in the towel,
er. shovel, quickly. Last saint-wannabe standing gets the gold,
or turban, or what have you...

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