Earnest. . .
Late one evening a poor farmer on his way back from the market found himself without his mantra book. The wheel of his cart had come off right in the middle of the woods and it distressed him that this day should pass without him having said recited his mantras. So this is the mantra he made: “I have done something very foolish, oh mighty world. I came away from home this morning without my mantra book and my memory is such that I cannot recite a single mantra without it. So this is what I am going to do: I shall recite the alphabet five times very slowly and you, to whom all thoughts and energies are known, can put the letters together to form the mantras I can’t remember.”
And the universe said to his energies so vast and universal, “Of all the mantras I have heard today, this one was undoubtedly the best because it came from a heart that was simple and sincere.”
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are grace, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
Peace and Love, Jim