Buddha was once asked, “What makes a person holy?” He replied, “Every hour is
divided into a certain number of seconds and every second into a certain number of
fractions. Anyone who is able to be totally present in each fraction of a second is holy.”
The Japanese warrior was captured and thrown into prison. At night he could not
sleep for he was convinced he would be tortured next morning.
Then the words of his Master came to him:
“Tomorrow is not real. The only reality is now.”
So he came to the present — and fell asleep.
* fragment from “THE SONG OF THE BIRD” Anthony de Mello S. J.