Best Way to Act

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"How can I know the best way to act in life?" the disciple asked the master. The master asked him to build a table. The disciple drove in the nails with three precise blows. One nail, however, struck a hard spot and
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The Way to please the Lord

The Way to please the Lord A novice went to Abbot Macarius seeking advice about the best way to please the Lord. "Go to the cemetery and insult the dead," said Macarius. The brother did as he was told. The following day, he
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Discover the True Fear

A sultan decided to travel by sea with some of his favorite courtiers. They joined the ship in Dubai and sailed out into the open sea. However, as soon as the ship moved away from land, one of his subjects -
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Shoes

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Right after the fall of communism, a Belgian company sent two representatives to look into the feasibility of selling their products in Russia. Two different reports were received. "Nobody wears Western shoes here," wrote the first representative, "if we install a
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In Search of Truth

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The devil was talking to his friends when they noticed a man walking along a road. They watched him pass and saw that he bent down to pick something up. "What did he find?" asked one of the friends. "A piece of
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Conversation in Heaven

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Abd Mubarak was on his way to Mecca when one night he dreamed that he was in heaven and heard two angels having a conversation. "How many pilgrims came to the holy city this year?" one of them asked. "Six hundred thousand",
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What Will they Say

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As a boy, Abin-Alsar overheard a conversation between his father and a dervish. "Careful with your work", said the dervish. "Think of what future generations will say about you." "So what?", replied his father, "When I die, everything shall end, and it
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Reflections

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Cain and Abel came to the banks of an enormous lake. They had never seen anything like it."There's something inside it," said Abel, looking into the water, not knowing that it was his reflection. Cain noticed the same thing, and
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God’s Mercy

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The young man crossed the desert and finally reached the Sceta monastery. There he asked - and was given permission - to attend one of the abbot's talks. That afternoon the abbot spoke about the importance of farm work. When the talk came
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