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What stood out most for me while reading this story was that the farmer had less “baggage” than the others who had come before him. Upon reflection, I saw that when I have less on my mind–fewer of my own plans and desires—I am able to act from a place of greater selflessness. I am more able to be present to what is needed from moment to moment and to consider what is beneficial for all.
I learned from this story that with the right attitude and practical action, an obstacle in my path can be turned into a great gift. And I also learned how the goodness of one person can inspire the many to face and overcome challenges together for the good of all.
New York, United States
The story reminded me of how amazing it is to see how much influence one person can have on other people and on situations.
The farmer who decided to push the rock out of the road just wanted to be helpful to others. He was motivated by kindness, never expecting help from others. But when that help came, everyone experienced that gift of grace that occurs when we respond with our hearts to the needs of others. The rock was moved off the road!
California, United States
The most important teaching in this story for me is that even when an obstacle in my own path—or one that makes life difficult for others—appears immense and immovable, the road to success can be paved through benevolent intention, determination, persistence, and trust.
This teaching illumines for me how, supported at every step by the Guru’s grace, I managed to advance a complex project over the last two decades, which eventually drew essential assistance from many others along the way. And it gives me vital encouragement as I now face an ongoing challenge, which also appears immense, yet too important to step back from.
So I will endeavor to keep the wisdom of Queen Amanitore in mind as I move forward, inch by inch and day by day.
Illinois, United States
After reading this story, I remembered that when I observe another person authentically practicing a virtue, such as generosity, faith, or love, this inspires me to also practice that virtue. And when I practice a virtue, this inspires others to do so, while also expanding my heart and consciousness. Part of the value of the sangham
for me is that we can inspire and uplift each other in this way.
Over and over again I experience how, through Gurumayi's grace, at some deep level bubbling up throughout the sangham
is the same divine, inspiring virtue—one more demonstration for me of the one Consciousness we share, as we are united and guided by our Guru.
California, United States
I very much enjoyed this story. I appreciated this reminder of how, when we work together, we reconnect with what unites us instead of being interested in simply advancing our own interests.