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As the spice maker’s cupboard is filled with many herbs, so may still a student be jam-packed with Scripture, Talmud, and Legend—an old Jewish proverb

This connection with legend—or the instructing stories utilized by the sages—is a striking testimony to the facility of tale and its position within the heritage, improvement, and tradition of a humans. Legends have helped humans comprehend each other, and provide a context for using historical ideals in new ways.

A universal Ground is an eclectic quantity of the best legends of the area together with these from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and extra, in addition to a dialogue on why those tales nonetheless topic at the present time. The stories featured reveal how doubtless disparate ideals percentage universal principles and issues which are extra related than they're assorted, assisting readers to work out the realm round them with a clean perspective.

These tales and parables attributed to saints and sages will provide thought in the event you wish to stay a lifetime of generosity, realizing, and wish. because the ebook brings jointly the main superb teachings of the world’s nice faiths, readers will detect new issues of dialog and figuring out. Likewise, this selection of tales from voices as different as Tolstoy and Lao Tzu, from Buddha to Jesus, create a stunning tapestry of training that may be utilized to modern difficulties and private choices

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