Monday, October 22, 2007
What does 90 mean?
This is the question that met my husband when he was searching the religion & philosophy section of our local Borders, trying to find the new biography of Buddha by Deepak Chopra. A woman was observing his search through the Buddhism section.
"Are you a Buddhist?" she asked.
"Yes," he responded.
"Oh, so am I," she said. "What does 90 mean?"
He said he didn't know, and she proceeded to tell him about her recent loss of a dear friend who had suffered for 11 years with cancer. Many of their other mutual friends had dreamed of their late friend, but she had not, a fact that was bringing her some distress. One friend had dreamed of getting into an elevator and going to the 90th floor. On that floor were many, many Buddha statues. She came back to the woman and said, "This must be for you. I'm not Buddhist."
So now this woman is on a quest to find the tie between Buddhism and the number 90. I don't believe that there is one. Do any of you know anything about this? I would be interested in any responses, theories, or thoughts. Maybe this woman is now in the 90th level of heaven. Maybe she's returning in 90 years. Who knows? It was an interesting cap to our evening.
I am off to relax for the evening. Too many hours on the computer today. It is a love-hate relationship.
Peace - D