A disciple asked Firoz:“The mere presence of a master causes all sorts of curious people to gather round, to discover something beneficial. Can’t this be a hindrance and negative? Can’t this divert the master from his path, or cause him to suffer because he could not teach that which he wished?”Firoz, the Sufi master, replied:

“The sight of an avocado tree laden with fruit whets the appetite of all those who pass by. If someone wishes to satisfy his hunger beyond his needs, he will eat more avocados than necessary, and will be sick. However, this causes no indigestion to the man who owns the avocado tree.

It is the same with our Search. The path must be open to all; but it is for God to set the limits of each individual.”


Lessons from an Avocado Tree

One day shortly after my arrival in Zambia I was chatting with my neighbor, Jenny, in my back yard. She observed that it was a shame my avocado tree didn’t produce fruit. I was surprised to learn that I had an avocado tree. My acquaintance with how avocados grew came from sprouting their seeds in an effort to grow house plants in the distant past. I had not recognized that one of the many trees in my yard, along with those bearing mangos and guavas, was a tall, leafy, but barren avocado tree.

The next day I spoke with Moses, who tends my garden. We looked at the tree and saw that it needed care. It was receiving no water in the dry season. That day we dug a trench around it and gave it water. Moses thought compost might help nourish the ground around it, so he added compost to the soil. Some weeks later when he was using chicken manure to fertilize another part of the garden, he included the avocado tree in his treatment.

With time, the tree began to bear fruit. Lots of fruit. We picked the low-hanging fruit, some avocados fell off the tree and we gathered them up, and sometimes Moses climbed the tree to get the high fruit before it fell. I had avocados to eat and avocados to share. There is a family here at MEF with a child with disabilities who follows a special diet including avocados, so I became a major supplier for their needs. When students asked, I gave them avocados to add to their meals.

As I reflected on the avocado tree, it seemed to me there was a lesson to be learned. Any living thing that is neglected and not nourished may stop producing fruit. In our own spiritual life, if we take no time for meditation, singing, reading sacred texts, praying, or following other practices that nourish our souls, we can become lost and dry. The hopeful part of the message is that even a little attention and nurture may renew and restore us….


If you want to teach a child – or any other innocent soul – about life, balance an avocado seed on the rim of a glass of water.The trick is well-known. First you stick three toothpicks into an avocado pit (which is, in fact, a seed). The toothpicks should be equidistant  from each other and inserted two-thirds of the way down from the seed tip. Next, set the toothpicks on the rim of a glass or jar with the tip end of the seed pointing up. The glass should contain enough water so that the broad base of the seed, below the toothpicks, is completely submerged. In a number of days, you will see the seed begin to split down the middle, roots will grow out through the bottom of the split, and finally a shoot and leaves will emerge from the top. Now you will say to your child: “Remember your roots, where you came from, the traditions of your ancestors. Only after you are fully aware of your origins, and put down roots of your own, can you be truly creative – send forth shoots, flower and bear fruit.”

 this story found here!
 Avacado pit Art
kids say the darndest things, … like: “Why don’t we grow a guacamole tree.”