The Treasure Within
January 17, 2011
I recently rediscovered this story and thought I'd share it with you.
In 1957 in Thailand, a group of monks at a Buddhist monastery were in the process of relocating a giant clay statue of the Buddha. As they began pushing it, they soon noticed a crack down one side. They stopped moving it and decided to wait until the next morning to decide how to move the precious cargo.
That evening, a curious monk returned to examine the clay Buddha more closely. He shined a light close to the crack. To his astonishment, he saw something glitter!
Quickly, the monk grabbed a hammer and chisel and chipped away at the clay. Hours later, he finished from his chipping and stood back in awe. He could hardly believe his eyes. Standing before him was a huge, solid gold Buddha!
It was later discovered that several centuries before, while the Burmese army was invading the area, Thai monks had concealed the Buddha in clay to keep it from being stolen. During the attack, however, all the monks were killed, so the true nature of the treasure lay in secret until 1957.
We all resemble this clay Buddha. We often conceal our true nature, our gifts, talents and natural wisdom by masking it within a protective shell. We have many masks that we wear to disguise our feelings of inadequacy, our insecurities and our fears. These masks shield us from the "dangers" we perceive in the outside world.
Once we become aware of the protective shell we hide ourselves in, we can begin to allow the shining beauty of our authentic self to emerge. By chipping away at the excess baggage we carry, we can reveal who we really are: shining, beautiful, strong, loving and positive beings who brighten the very world we live in.
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