Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Story of Two Lakes

It was said that in the interior of Java, Indonesia, there were two villages. Both had a spring or lake that was used as a source of drinking water. However, the two villages are quite different in the treating of the lake.
The first Villagers considered as their sacred village pond . The Lake was always sprinkled with flowers every Friday night. In fact, on Friday night the villagers held a special ritual in honor of the lake. Flowers are sown more and more in it. Fragrances are also sown the edges. Chant prayers and hopes of citizens had always been spoken well on the edges. It lasted a very long time already. Countless amount of interest that might be sown, fragrances were stocked in the lake.
 Unlike the case with the first villagers, the Lake for the second villagers was a very scary place. Many residents had often seen strange things in the lake. It was said that there were some people who lost in the lake. The second Villagers then used the lake as a garbage dump. All unused things had been thrown in there . Household trash, scrap woods of home construction, all types of animal carcasses, human waste, and so forth. In addition to horror, the lake became more malodorous. 
We can surely predict what happens to the village many years later. The first villagers to prosper with a healthy lake water and fragrant. Meanwhile, the villagers attacked by many outbreaks of disease due to water consumed contaminated with trash and germs . Lake is a place of reflection. In the second lake we can see we really are. Which one of us in between the lake? May we be the first lake that always put the are good, things that smell and the softness of the prayers in us. We always put good things in us. We hear good things. We see good things. We receive every good thing and internalize it in us. Of the virtues of the entrance, we remove all the good things like a lake that provides a healthy and scented water on the villagers. We took refuge from the second lake that always put bad things into itself. Hearing the bad. Seeing the bad ones.Receive all the bad things, so removing the bad stuff as well. We took refuge from ourselves that issued the bad things, as the smell was pleasant and outbreaks of disease out of a dirty lake.
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Anonymous said...

Very interesting story. Thanks for sharing.

colson said...

Nice parable. It kind of equals a Dutch saying: "Wie goed doet, goed ontmoet" (Literal translation: He who does good, will meet good)

Setyo-Utomo Said said...

@colson : Really appreciate your comments. Dank je wel, Jerry !