"“Flower Shower”"
(A Zen Parable)

2-9-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #377
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Pastor Daniel

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Story of the Week
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“Flower Shower”
(A Zen Parable)

Subhuti was Buddha's disciple. He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.

One day Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness, was sitting under a tree. Flowers began to fall about him.

"We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness," the gods whispered to him.

"But I have not spoken of emptiness," said Subhuti.

"You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness," responded the gods. "This is the true emptiness."

And blossoms showered upon Subhuti as rain.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Emptiness does have its virtue, for it may become experientially filled.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-117 Section-2)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Why is it that when I am able to empty my mind of deliberate thought, I am more aware of being filled with Your Presence?

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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