The Parable Of A Shop Teacher

As we continue to fight amongst ourselves, we are left wondering who’s right or wrong. Instead, I invite you to look beyond right or wrong, looking within your heart and accepting all as good.

In accepting all as good, we transcend a need for right or wrong…merely acceptance…leads our way. Through acceptance we begin to love one another as ourselves. Echoing the sacred teachings, “love thy neighbor as thyself,” unfolds to be true.

We now return to Ani Po, who witnesses fighting amongst students of an area school.

Ani Po was an English student to one of the best teachers ever. Many of the students that took the class agreed this was the greatest teacher ever and there is no other teacher like this teacher.

Little did they know the same English teacher was also a social studies teacher for another class. Again the students of the social studies class, thought they had indeed the greatest teacher ever and no other teacher like him.

Unbeknownst to them the same held true. The same teacher was also a shop teacher at the same school and nobody knew. However, the followers of this shop teacher again thought he was the greatest teacher ever and there is no other teacher like him.

One day in the student lounge/cafeteria the students began talking about their favorite teachers in their school. Ani Po just listened as each one began to speak of their favorite teacher.

As one student began to speak the others looked in disgust. The English student spoke first, “I have the greatest teacher ever and there is no other teacher like him. All other teachers are false teachers. My teacher is the greatest of all time!!”

In disgust the other students pounded on the table…angry at such absurdities. “How dare you claim that your teacher is the best, when I indeed have the greatest teacher of all time. There is no other teacher like him… There is no other teacher! All other teachers are false! The greatest teacher of all time… This truly my social studies teacher.”

More pounding on the tables.

A student of the shop teacher stands up even taller than the last, “You’re all wrong…my teacher is indeed the greatest teacher of all time and he has taught me to work with my hands so that I can feed my family of the future. He taught me to work with tools so that I might fix things that get broken. He indeed is the greatest teacher of all time and he is my shop teacher!!”

Ani Po just sits quietly, saddened by the outrage…knowing what comes next.
It was at this time students began fighting in the cafeteria, over who had the greatest teacher. They began punching each other, kicking each other, throwing food trays. And without anyone knowing it…from the darkening shadows…presents a Knife.

One of the students, so convinced there’s was the greatest teacher ever, thrusts a knife into another student killing him. Not a breath left…the student goes limp and cold.

Having enough…Ani Po stands up and yelling as loud as can be…”stop!! The teacher you fight over is one in the same the English teacher is the social studies teacher is the shop teacher. You fight over the same teacher… and now you have killed one of our brothers. You should all be ashamed of yourself. Instead of ‘I’, we should say we have the greatest teacher of all time.”
In horror, the other students lower their heads,asking for forgiveness.

The irony to the story is ‘he’ was not the shop teacher, English teacher or Social Studies teacher…instead ‘he’ was a she. You see…in today’s society it is still unaccepted, in some areas, to have a she as a teacher. The He was indeed a She. Disguising herself as a he…She was the greatest Teacher of all time.

Stepping into the Canvas as One. I am He, She is Me, you are We. The day’s of dividing amongst ourselves have gone and the days of coming together are upon us. May we continue to grow in Love, Light and Life…painting a more perfect world. Now is the time…