An old Hassidic rabbi once asked his pupils how they could tell exactly when the night had ended and the day begun (daybreak is the time for certain holy prayers).  “Is it when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” one student proposed.  “No,” answered the rabbi.  “Is it when you can clearly see the lines on your own palm?” another asked.  “Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell if it is a fig or a pear tree?”  “No,” answered the rabbi each time.  “Then, what is it?” the pupils demanded.  “It is when you can look on the face of any man or woman and see that they are your sister or brother.  Until then it is still night.”

~ as told by Jack Kornfield in his book:
Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are




3 thoughts on “daybreak…

  1. The arrival of the sun is here! Compassion for all brothers and sisters living and learning with me in this life! I miss you and your sweet face and soft earth tones Jason, thank you for being consistent and talented and diligent and the best magical man! I hope you’re well brother 🙂

    1. 🙂 my friend! what joy it gave my heart to see your name and read your words. i miss you and i am, as ever, continually grateful for the love in your heart ~j

      1. Aaaah! May face got warm reading your message. I feel your strength and love from here ,thank you for always posting the best blog to read buddy,I’m so grateful and smile at the thought of seeing you again!!

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