When We Wake - (Story Commentary)
- Oliver Mbamara
The parable of the prodigal son* refers to the son of a wealthy man who required his father to give him his own share of the father’s wealth ahead of time so that he could leave the father’s house and go out into the world and live the way he wanted. His father granted his wish, but after he expended his share of his father’s wealth, the prodigal son became destitute and homeless.
After wallowing in that state of destitution for some time, one day, he decided to put aside his ego, and go back to his father’s house to beg for mercy and forgiveness rather than continue suffering when there was so much wealth to go round in his father’s house. When he returned to his father and pleaded for forgiveness, his father forgave him and called for a feast to celebrate his return.
The Kingdom of the father was the heritage of all the children, but one chose to exercise his freedom of expending this heritage frivolously rather than constructively. The prodigal son ended up abusing his freedom and therefore strayed off. It took his experience of the drama of life for him to realize how mistaken he was. Yet, it took the humbling of his ego for him to own up to his mistakes, wake up to his true identity, and return to his father and ask for forgiveness, and the repossession of his status as a prince and heir of his father’s kingdom.
When the second son who always stayed with the father asked why his father would rejoice at the return of the prodigal son, the father replied. “this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”* In his resurrection, the prodigal son renewed himself and earned his “self-forgiveness” and the “ever-waiting” acceptance and love of his father. “Self-forgiveness” because there was nothing to be forgiven as no offence was ever taken. “Ever-waiting” because he was never deprived or denied of his true essence. He only had to wake up and forgive himself. He only had to resurrect to his true identity – SOUL.
Resurrection of The Prince Within
And when the prince has toured the world
In search of the glory that he had lost,
Led astray by the illusions of his ego,
He comes to the threshold of reality
Always and ever waiting for his knock.
And when the prince abandons his ego,
And in humility accepts his fallacies,
He unburdens his mind of its illusions
And open in him a room for revelation
Of that which has hitherto been in him.
And thus in humbling of the little self,
The prince is exalted to higher realms,
Where he shall unite in identification,
With the true self and essence he truly is,
Always have been and always will be.
of The Prodigal Son is Adapted from the Holy Bible
O. Mbamara, 2003-2005-2007
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