Missing the Obvious

See if you can decode the following statements using lateral thinking:

  1. It occurs once in an hour, once in a minute, but never in a second – what is it?

  1. A cat jumped out of a 30-storey building and lived – how is it possible?

  1. What can you hold in your right hand, but not in your left?

  1. A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn’t break the law. How come?

  1. There are six eggs in the basket. Six people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?

I won’t give you the answers (you can check them up on the internet!) but if you’re struggling, it’s probably because you’re not able to break free of a stereotyped way of thinking. In Question One people usually think about an event. In Question Two they make an assumption that’s not stated. In Question Three they instinctively think of an object. In Question Four they draw up a picture in their mind and limit their thinking. In Question Five they get sucked into a default pattern of behaviour.

Krishna explains that the spiritual reality is free for everyone to access, but it requires clarity of consciousness. After hearing the answers to the questions above, we realise there is nothing esoteric at all – it’s just simple and straightforward reality. Spirituality also becomes that natural when we’re able to break free of our impaired and limited vision, which is based on assumptions and patterns of thinking that have been programmed into us over decades and lifetimes.

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