Growing Closer

by OMS Patriarch Sybok Pendderwydd

The following list of jokes was sent to me in email. I have no idea where it came from, but I found them very amusing. I hope you will too.

Humor, as most of you know, is a very important factor in Druid spirituality. We have to laugh at ourselves, and we can't take ourselves very seriously. I consider humor to be one of the three rays of the Awen, and so there is a place for humor and laughter in our daily lives, in our Druid practice and even (or maybe especially) in our rituals.

These jokes are more Judaic Zen in approach, which I relate to given my background. In this light, why not a revival of the Hasidic Druids (is that where Merlin meets Moses?)? Something for us to ponder. For now, ponder on these (there will be a quiz later):

Be here now.
Be someplace else later.
Is that so complicated?

Drink tea and nourish life;
with the first sip, joy;
with the second sip, satisfaction;
with the third sip, peace;
with the fourth, a Danish.

Wherever you go, there you are.
Your luggage is another story.

If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

Accept misfortune as a blessing.
Do not wish for perfect health, or a life without problems.
What would you talk about?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Oy.

There is no escaping karma.
In a previous life,
you never called,
you never wrote,
you never visited.
And whose fault was that?

Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?

The Tao does not speak.
The Tao does not blame.
The Tao does not take sides.
The Tao has no expectations.
The Tao demands nothing of others.
The Tao is not Jewish.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

Let your mind be as a floating cloud.
Let your stillness be as a wooded glen.
And sit up straight.
You'll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.

Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers.
Each flower blossoms ten thousand times.
Each blossom has ten thousand petals.
You might want to see a specialist.

Be aware of your body.
Be aware of your perceptions.
Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.

The Torah says,
Love your neighbor as yourself.
The Buddha says,
There is no self.
So, maybe we're off the hook

May the FOREST be with you always,
And may you never thirst for the waters of life.

Druid Sybok Pendderwydd, Patriarch
Order of the Mithril Star

Read more from Sybok on his blog: