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Q270. Student: “Are the birds in the tree singing or crying?”

A. Master: “Why don’t you ask yourself?”




They are laughing at you.


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Q211. Why doesn’t God listen to me when I cry to him for help?

A. It is not that God doesn’t listen to you, but that you are deaf to him because you are involved in listening to only your familiar noises. It is not that he hides himself from you, but that you are blind to him since you are preoccupied in keeping company only with familiar figures. He sometimes whispers and sometimes shouts. He sometimes shakes you, from time to time pushes you and once in a while pulls you. It is not God but you that are to blame for not receiving help from him. If you can cut off all images and names, his voice and figure will sound and look clear to you.


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