Let the Arrow Fly

This little tale is about life, and how we look in all the wrong places for our contentment.

A poor man and his wife lived in a small hut. Their one joy in life was giving food to a monk who would stop by their little hut every morning on his alms round. They got to know this monk very well over many years, and when he told them that it was time for him to move on, they were very sad. Seeing their sadness, the monk said, “I see your sadness, and I know that you do not have much. So I will help you, I will tell you where a great treasure lies.”

The monk continued, “Tomorrow morning I must leave you, and after I leave, I want you to stand at you doorway with your bow and arrow, facing the rising sun. And when that sun rises in the east, I want you to aim your arrow at that rising sun and let the arrow fly. And where it lands you will find a great treasure.”

So the next morning after the monk left, the poor man stood at his little doorway, and when that sun rose, he pulled back on the bow and shot the arrow toward the rising sun. He then ran after the arrow (followed by his wife who was carrying the shovel), and when they found where the arrow landed they began to dig. They dug and dug, but they found no treasure – all they found was trouble!

The arrow landed in the field of a rich man, and when the rich man caught them digging, he said, “You can’t dig in my field. I’ll have you arrested!”

And the poor man said, “But it was that monk! He told me that if I shot an arrow toward the rising sun, where it landed I would find a great treasure.”

“Hmmm,” thought the rich man, “I know these monks. And they don’t lie.”

“Tell you what,” said the rich man, “I will shoot the arrow tomorrow morning from the doorway of my mansion, which is much greater than your little hut, and when we find the treasure, we’ll split 50 – 50. How’s that?”

So the next morning the rich man, the poor man (and his wife holding the shovel) all stood at the rich man’s door way. And when that sun arose, the rich man pulled back on the bow and shot the arrow toward the rising sun. All three then ran after the arrow and when they found where the arrow landed they all began to dig. They dug and dug, but there was no treasure – only more trouble.

The arrow landed in the field of a general, and when the general caught them digging, he said, “You can’t dig here, this is military property. I’ll have you imprisoned!”

And the rich man said ” But it was this poor man, he told me that if I shot an arrow toward the rising sun, where it landed I would find a great treasure.” And the poor man said, “But it was that monk! He told me that if I shot an arrow toward the rising sun, where it landed I would find a great treasure.”

“Hmmm,” thought the general, “I know these monks. And they don’t lie.”

“Tell you what, said the general, I will shoot the arrow tomorrow morning from the doorway of my barracks, and I am a professional, I really know how to shoot an arrow, and when we find the treasure, we’ll split a third, a third, a third. How’s that?”

So the next morning, the general, the rich man, the poor man (and all the general’s soldiers holding shovels – they really knew how to dig) all stood at the general’s doorway. And when that sun arose, the general pulled back mightily on the bow and shot the arrow a long way toward the rising sun. And when they all ran after the arrow and found where the arrow landed, they all began to dig. They dug and dug, but there was no treasure – only more trouble, this time serious trouble, the arrow landed in the king’s garden.

When the king’s guards caught them digging, they rounded them up and brought them before the king. This was trouble, digging in the king’s garden was a very serious offense.

The king said, “How dare you dig in my garden? This is a capital offense. What have you to say for yourself?” The general said, “But it was this rich man. He told me that if I shot an arrow toward the rising sun, where it landed I would find a great treasure.”

And the rich man said, “But it was this poor man, he told me that if I shot an arrow toward the rising sun, where it landed I would find a great treasure.”

And the poor man said, “But it was that monk! He told me that if I shot an arrow toward the rising sun, where it landed I would find a great treasure.”

“Hmmm,” thought the king, “I know these monks. And they don’t lie.”

So the king ordered his guards to round up the monk, and when they found him, they dragged him before the king.

“Why did you lie to the poor man and say that he would find a treasure where the arrow landed,” asked the king.

“But I didn’t lie,” said the monk, “they didn’t follow my instructions. Tomorrow morning I will accompany you, my king, to your doorway of the castle. There I want you to stand with your bow and arrow facing the rising sun. And when that sun rises in the east, I want you to aim your arrow at that rising sun and let the arrow fly. And where it lands you will find a great treasure, greater than you can ever imagine. But you must follow my instructions.”

So the king agreed, but warned them all that if there was no treasure, they would all end up in the king’s dungeons, from which nobody ever returned!

So the next morning, the king, the general, the rich man, the poor man, and the monk, all gathered at the king’s doorway.

And when that sun arose, the king pulled back on the royal bow, and just as he was to shoot the arrow toward the rising sun, the monk said, “STOP! You are not following my instructions. I said, ‘let the arrow fly,’ not ‘shoot the arrow.'”

And with that, the king let go of the arrow and let it fly by itself, and it dropped between his feet, right where he was standing.

And when they dug, they found an immense treasure, just as the monk promised.

(The moral of the story is that the true treasure always lies right where we standing. All we have to do is look within.) – Compliments of Ajahn Brahm, abbot of Buddhist Bodhinyana Monastery, Perth Australia.

An Important Native American Weapon – The Bow and Arrow

It is easy to picture Native American braves thundering across the plains on their horses, bows drawn. They would be in pursuit of a buffalo herd. Daring and swift, these men would use these simple implements to provide food for the tribe. It is all the more impressive when you realize how basic the tools that were available to make the bow and arrows. Using only flint implements, the Native American artisan would first shape a length of wood. Sinew would be used for the bow string. After the arrow shafts were formed, arrow heads of flint, wood, or bone were made. Regardless of the simplicity of the craft, bows of great elegance and beauty were made.

They were only able to make the bows themselves because only stone tools were available to Native American artisans,. Although composite bows are considered to be superior in performance to the self made bows, the Indian archer was still a match for anyone throughout the world. The excellent craftsmanship of Native American bows and arrows began from one piece of wood. It would have been chosen with care to make sure it was approximately the correct diameter. Only a minimum of detailing was possible due to the flint tools used to shape the bow.

Notches at the ends of the bow would hold the string in place. Sinew was the material of choice although sometimes plant fiber might be used for the string. Sinew is extremely strong and tough and was readily available from the animals they hunted. The design of the bow could be very simple and utilitarian, or it could be decorated. Feathers and fur were the favorite decorative items. Such was the strength of the bow and the skill of the hunter, that game of nearly any size could be brought down by one of these bows.

To bring this classic cultural item into your home today is easy. Any wall can be brightened and personalized with the addition of a Native American bows and arrows. Placing a bow and arrows over a fireplace will give a pleasing result. Decorating in a southwest style involves bringing various diverse elements together for a total look. You can bring the rest of the room into focus by adding a bow and arrows, or even several to form a collection,. It can be especially effective when combined with such items as horsehair pottery, a collection of rattles or dream catchers. Native American bows and arrows can contribute a masculine touch to a den or a boy’s bedroom.

How The Vesica Pisces Explains Creation And The Arrow Of Time

Original Point of Separation from Self is Start of All Energy

The symbol of the Vesica Pisces looks like two overlapping circles and represents the formation of the Prime Radiant or very first particle resulting from the first act of creation which was the first separation from the Great Oneness. The actual nature of all reality is oneness or the one true or original Substance of all reality which we experience every day outside ourselves as space and within our selves as consciousness. From this universal space which contains all dimensions, comes all things. The first separation from our true Self resulted in an endless vibration as the oneness (now separated into “twoness”) tries to go back into itself and instead only intercepts at its original point of separation temporarily, and swings back through itself the other way like a pendulum, except more like a vibrating string or membrane as in “Membrane Theory.”

This first act of separation instantly repeats itself endlessly becoming universalized and infinitely complex, resulting in all creation as we know it — full of vast quantities of energy in all manner of forms and dimensions. All it really is, is our great One Self vibrating or expanding out from its own origin and expressing itself in all manner of ways. Energy is created by our observation of it, because consciousness separating from itself is the actual source of this universal energy. As soon as separation consciousness stops, and Oneness prevails, then all things cease to exist except in a state of perfect equilibrium, stillness or perfect order. The point of balance (equilibrium) between all states of vibration is this state of perfect stillness or potential of creation. Wherever the waves of electromagnetic radiation cancel each other out is where the one substance of all space is in greater equilibrium.

How the Vesica Pisces Explains the Arrow of Time

The Vesica Pisces is two circles overlapping one another each representing a spontaneous dimensional expansion out of its original state of the Oneness as represented by the original circle. As the observer observes (or becomes “aware” of itself through spontaneous dimensional expansion) a very significant event occurs that establishes the permanent arrow of time created by the polarity of the observer and the observed because one must always follow the other in a very definite sequence. The Observer (God) always comes first, followed by the observed (Creation), and coincidentally, the two “O’s” in the Vesica Pisces are like overlapping initials “O.O.” standing for both the Observer and the Observed.

Time therefore always goes forward in this sequence of the “oneness” followed by the “twoness” (duality of the observer and observed) creating a universal polarity of space, all logical sequences, the thermodynamic arrow of time, and the universal order of creation itself. This is why time (the universal flow of energy) never goes backward, and why time is basically asymmetric and not always symmetric, and why the whole universe is always expanding and never contracting.

The universal vibration started by the original separation from the Oneness is so intense that it causes all space to have an ever-expanding sub-atomic quantum energy texture or pattern which sustains all things in creation. Atoms could not be sustained without this quantum energy, the electrons vibrating around every atom would simply collapse into the nucleus, which in turn (being a vibration of the quantum texture of space) would dissipate into nothing. All living organisms, including the human form are sustained by this cosmic (dark) energy. Because it is so ubiquitous, ultra fine, and constant, materialistic scientists don’t fully grasp the extent to which it does and can sustain human life. Some people claim to live entirely without food and live on this universal energy instead.

Consciousness, the thermodynamic arrow of time, quantum (or zero point) energy, and what many religions term “God” “Shakti” “Prana” “Chi” “Om” the “Shabd” the “Holy Spirit” and the cosmological “dark energy” causing the vast expansion of the universe, are all various aspects or definitions of roughly the same quality. Like the overlapping circles of the Vesica Pisces, many of the above concepts and phenomena actually overlap one another as almost being, if not entirely being, one and the same phenomenon.

Whole Essence of the Universe and Root of all Sacred Geometry

God was symbolized as a circle in the earliest cultures, having no beginning or end, eternally existing, perfectly shaped and absolutely symmetrical. The creation of a second circle symbolized the start of the duality of god and goddess, male and female. When two circles intersect, the form of the Vesica Pisces is created as if the god and goddess formed a divine offspring. The Vesica Pisces design and its offshoots, the Flower of Life, Tree of Life, and fundamentals of geometry, go back thousands of years preceding nearly all of today’s major religions.

There are various meanings ascribed the Vesica Pisces, which is basically the intersection of two, overlapping spheres; such as the union of heaven and Earth in the body of Christ, the root element of the Flower of Life, the merging of God and Goddess, the vagina of the female goddess, the first pattern at the basis of all trigonometric configurations, square roots and harmonic dimensions; a source of great power and vitality, and as an overlying template that intersects with all the points on the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life, Flower of Life, and the Seed of Life overlap perfectly, with the Vesica Pisces providing all of the elements of the Flower of Life and all the coordinates for the Tree of Life.

The Vesica Pisces represents the Pythagorean “measure of the fish” or mystical conjunction of the spiritual world with the physical world and, with one end extended to look like the tail of a fish, was used as a simple “fish” symbol for the early Christian faith. The Vesica Pisces also symbolizes the miracle of the fishes. Amazingly, the Gospel of John (21:11) reveals the numerical formula, “153” found in one of the mathematical ratios (265:153 = 1.7320261…) for the Vesica Pisces: “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.”

The Vesica Pisces is one of the most important geometrical designs of archaic and modern times. The Vesica Pisces can be found on nearly every medieval church in Europe. Many of these churches were devoted to the Virgin Mary or to Mary Magdalene, in other words, the goddess. In northern France, some of the churches are located in such a way as to resemble the locations of stars in the constellation Virgo.

The Chapel of St. Mary, located In Glastonbury (also called Avalon, the island of the Goddess), England, is decorated with the Vesica Pisces. In that area, there is a “goddess’ garden” containing the Chalice Well decorated with a “Vesica Pisces” iron grid and a garden pond shaped like two overlapping circles. Many of the religions who acknowledge the importance and energy of the goddess, use the Vesica Pisces to identify her.

In geometry, the ratio of the width of the Vesica Pisces to its height is the square root of 3, or 1.7320508… Also two equilateral triangles join along the edge where straight lines are drawn connecting the centers of the two overlapping circles with each other. The square roots of three of the first digits of the Fibonacci Numbers, 2, 3, and 5, can be geometrically determined using the shape of the Vesica Pisces. The ratios 265:153 = 1.7320261… and 1351:780 = 1.7320513… are two of a series of approximations as close as one can get to the actual square root of 3, and no greater similarity in value can be obtained with smaller whole numbers.

Many crop circles have also appeared in England consisting of or containing the Vesica Pisces design in various ways. In a 1996 crop circle with the shape of the Vesica Pisces, a terrific surge of energy could be felt while walking into the center portion where the two circles overlapped.