"What are your fees?" inquired Guyal cautiously. "I respond to three questions," stated the augur. "For twenty terces I phrase the answer in clear and actionable language; for ten I use the language of cant, which occasionally admits of ambiguity; for five, I speak a parable which you must interpret as you will; and for one terce, I babble in an unknown tongue."
The illusion of Sin and Guilt, the madness of our species, is the act of cursing the world under the misapprehension that one is cursing only one part of it. To curse the fig tree, as in the funniest and most misunderstood parable of Jesus , is to curse the soil in which it grew, the seed, the rains, the sun; the whole world, eventually because no part is truly separate from the whole . The fallacy is that one can judge the part in isolation from the whole is "the Lie that all men believe."robert anton wilson
Each parable makes one point per main character.
All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression ; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable.
A parable is a form of writing that tells a story about common everyday things within the range of every individual's experience, and at the same time draws a subtle analogy between the ordinary facts of the story and the deeper meaning which lies parallel to the facts. Literally, the word parable means, "a comparison.
A parable is a form of teaching in which one thing is thrown beside another. Hence its radical idea is comparison.
Every perfect life is a parable invented by God.
But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples .
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs , and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
And have ye not read this scripture ; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem , and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it: Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: / So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own slaves that summer is now nigh at hand.
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven , which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
...in the Old Testament, the first recorded parable in the form of fable is that of the trees choosing for themselves a king, an exposition ...bare precepts were clothed with parables and similitudes. Hillel and Shammai were the most illustrious teachers by parables before the time of Christ. After him was Meir, with whom tradition says the power of inventing parables notably, declined? Knowing how Jewish teachers illustrated their doctrines with the help of parables and comparisons, Christ adopted these old forms and gave them a newness of spirit.Herbert Lockyer
...the Old Testament makes a wide use of parable, showing sometimes alike in spirit, form, and language, a remarkable resemblance to the parables of the New Testament. The Old Testament Parables are: Story-Parables of which that of the trees is an instance, Sermon Parables as found in the Vineyard , ...and Symbol - Parables as illustrated by the Two Sticks. In the New Testament the word “parable” takes on a varying meaning and form and is not confined to those lengthened narratives in the Gospels we know as Christ’s parables.
Among the many advantages: parable attract, and when fully understood are sure to be remembered...; Parables greatly help the mind and thinking faculty...; Parables stir up, or excite the affections , and awaken consciences as when hell in parable is set up as a furnace of fire , and conscience by a gnawing worm; Parables arrest and hold attention ...; Parables preserve the truth ...And mere words are constantly changing their meaning, whereas the symbols of life and nature , as such as our Lord used in His parables, are as abiding as nature and life themselves.
Originally this parable was intended to teach preparedness for certain developments that were to take place in Jesus’ earthly ministry. Later, however, after the crisis in Jesus’ ministry to which the parable first pointed had passed, the church modified the parable, adding an eschatological setting in order to prepare men for the final world crisis which was then believed to be approaching.
Buddha , the Blessed One, gives the parable of the blind men and the elephant to illustrate that partial knowledge always breeds bigotry and fanaticism .
Those who think that truth is in their exclusive keeping and that their religion is the only approach to God, ‘see only one side thing like the blind men in the parable.
The archeologist-and-elephant cartoon (created by Carrol Ellick and Richard Lange) was inspired by John Godfrey Saxe’s famous poem “the Blind Men and Elephant”. Saxe retold a parable from the Udana, a scripture of the Indian subcontinent. One anonymous translation of the original concludes with the Buddha dispensing an uplifting verse.
George Orwell, otherwise temperamentally distant from Gandhi , saw exactly the tensed, pageant-like character of Gandhi’s life, and its status as a theatrical parable when he observed of Gandhi that ‘his whole life was a sort of pilgrimage in which every act was significant.
Built on sand, lacking a firm foundation, unstable, ephemeral, from the parable in the Bible (Mathews) of the two houses founded respectively on rock and on sand.
If you have distance from the events, then your story can work as an analogy or parable rather than its literal narrative .
The parable of the Trees by Jotahm delivered to the king and people from Mount Gerizim; he then fled for his life.
The parable of the Two Sons is of the woman of Tekoa spoken at the clever instigation of Joab who was “wily and politic and unscrupulous, [and well able] to read human character and discern human motives through a very small crevice...I was meant to promote Joab’s scheme of self–interest and self-preservation.