A couple were feeling very lonely and prayed to God for a son. The couple were granted a son, and began a great celebration. “You are so fortunate to have borne a child this late in life”, said a neighbor. In the father's stead, a wise man answered with the simple reply, "Maybe".

Time passed and the child grew into a young man and wanted a horse. Having little money the parents prayed hard and sincerely for a horse for their son. God granted this request. The father rejoiced saying how fortunate they were and how kind God had again been to him, and the wise man responded as he did before, with the simple injunction of, "Maybe".

A few weeks later the son was out riding and had a most terrible accident, being thrown from the horse and breaking several ribs and both legs. The father responded by admonishing God for being suddenly so cruel and unjust. The wise man, who was never very far from the family, simply responded as always, and, with a half smile, from the corner of his mouth said, "Maybe”.

The son lay injured, fighting for his life, when a horrible war broke out. All the other young men in the village went off to fight this war and, as the odds were against them, they were all killed in battle. Meanwhile, the son made miraculous strides in his recovery. The father now commented how kind God was in injuring his son so that ultimately his life was spared. And the wise man simply smiled his half smile and replied, "Maybe”.

There is no end to this parable. It is simply indicative of the currents of karma and our ultimate inability to discern what is, indeed, "good karma” and what is so-called "bad karma”.

The Integrated Ascended Master looks at karma as “lessons” and just keeps on keeping on. In the dealing with his karmic lessons in life, he goes through them as graciously as possible, and with the half smile of the wise one, not judging it, but simply replying to those that would judge it either “good” or “bad” with "maybe.”

Author's Bio: 

Dr Joshua David Stone was one of the most influential Spiritual teachers, leaders and forerunners of our time. He had a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and was a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in California, USA.
He served as Official Spokesperson for the Planetary Ascension Movement and made his mark in the Consciousness Community as a prolific writer, authoring the 15-volume Easy to Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path, published in several languages, as well as eight major Ascended Master Training Courses and several comprehensive Training Programs ranging from channeling, the psychology of astrology, the Book of Life of God, to his legendary 2,000 page Counseling Manual, and much, much more.
Today, the I AM University is the one and only Integrated Ascended Master Training Facility in this world. It stands firmly on the foundation of a comprehensive and ever-expanding curriculum which Dr Stone dedicated his life creating.
In 2005, Dr Joshua David Stone passed over to the Spirit world where he continues to Spiritually support the expansion of the I AM University the continuation of which he entrusted into the hands of Gloria Excelsias, his long-term personal assistant and protégé.
Dr Stone is one of the most widely read authors in the New Age Movement and known as the world’s most trusted source for integrated Spiritual development. http://www.iamuniversity.org

Gloria Excelsias is the President of the I AM University, an educational institution with focus on Spiritual and psychological development that was founded by the late Dr Joshua David Stone in 2004 and handed over to her care and leadership in 2005, at Dr Stone’s passing. As Dr Stone’s personal assistant, close friend and protégé, she received ongoing personal training in applied transpersonal psychology and integrated ascension which would prepare her consciousness for her later service work as the University’s President. Having moved the I AM University from California to Salzburg, Austria, her native country, she is now passionately dedicated to running and evolving the I AM University as an inspired writer and speaker, placing thematic priority on Spiritual psychology, the re-integration and updating of ancient occult teachings and the overall unfoldment of human consciousness.
Some of her service projects include:

Planetary World Service: www.PlanetaryWorldService.org

I AM Tunes – Spiritual Audio Download Library: www.IAM-Tunes.org

I AM YOU Foundation - Charity Project: www.IAMYou-Foundation.org

Ascension for Beginners – 365 free articles, 25 mini-courses and 25 meditations for newcomers on the Spiritual path: www.AscensionForBeginners.org