March 8, 2010

Why hurry???

I am reading a book named "ZORBA The Greek" and am loving every bit of it.

Sharing with you all, something of immense value...

The author "Nikos Kazantzakis" says...

     "I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the bark of a tree, just as the butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited a while, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to warm it. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life. The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them. Bending over it, I tried to help it with my breath. In vain. It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of the wings should be a gradual process in the sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.
    That little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I have on my conscience. For I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We need not hurry, we need not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.
    I sat on a rock to absorb this New Year's thought. Ah, if only that little butterfly could always flutter before me to show me the way."


  1. Yeah, it is an amazing excerpt..
    Teaches us about the value of 'Patience' :)

  2. True. The Patience is the greatest quality in existence. Let this be your beacon.

  3. It must have been his bad breath that killed the poor creature.

    He could have at least tried that with a bulb :)

  4. i loved the author...he tried for saving a creature's life...the best part is his acceptance of his own mistake...really the author is bful one...

    we,who call ourselves human are being inhuman to each and every living who cares and who has time for any animal or a plant dying, for an ant who in water trying to get out of it...


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