The Baboon and The Butter - Part Two

More baboons had slipped inside my house as I was persuing my perpetrators. This time I grabbed the garden hose, turned it on and ran into my front door ‘guns blazing’.

Baboons don’t like getting sprayed with water ( a small God send). They took one look at the hose pipe and made a run for it without me even having to start spraying. Relief! I ran around my house making sure the windows were all closed so that no more monkey business could ensue.

To cut a long story short, my house was in a shambles. They had trashed my kitchen. If I hadn’t been so adimant to retrieve my butter I would have saved myself a lot of money and trouble. After cleaning up the mess (which took me close to an hour), I sat on my couch head in hands, just thinking about the pandemonium that had just taken place. I saw several blatant lessons in what had just happened…

The moral to this story for me was the realisation that I am still attached to ‘things’. I thought I had conquered my wordly attachment in my pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. But this day showed me that even a tub of butter could spark of a suppressed ego -this was certainly food for my thought.

We can all fall off the bandwagon but the real lesson is to get back on. I learnt that it was alright to lapse and make mistakes (even if this did mean chasing a wild animal without fear of consequence and putting myself in very real danger). The key is to see and be aware of the lapse and to make every effort to not let it happen again or even just to laugh at it when it does.

So let go of material attachments as everything is unstable and situations are changing constantly.

We are free spirits and should remain that way.

Free from rigidity
Free from fear
Free to live

The Baboon and The Butter - Part Two

Cherie Roe Dirksen

Barrydale, South Africa

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Baboons show me enlightenment in a rather different way

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