Struggle of the Emperor Moth
The purpose of hardship on the spiritual path
 
Struggle of the Emperor Moth

A biologist found the cocoon of an emperor moth and took it into his lab for study. It sat on his lab table for quite a while. Finally the cocoon began to tremble as the moth made its efforts to get out into the world. 

The scientist noticed that the cocoon was shaped like a bottle, wide at the bottom but very narrow at the top. The top was made of a concrete-like substance. The scientist thought, There's no way the moth will make it through that hard material. 

He watched the cocoon for a while, getting more and more impatient. Finally he decided to help the moth out. So he took a tiny pair of scissors and carefully cut through the hard concrete-like material, opening the cocoon at the top. 

The moth popped out almost instantly. The biologist waited for the moth to spread its beautiful wings and show its pretty colors. But nothing happened. The moth was misshapen, with a huge body and very tiny wings. It finally died, unable to lift itself off the ground. 

The scientist began to read about the emperor moth, trying to figure out what had happened. Other people had made the same mistake he had, trying to help the moth into the world. It seems there is a purpose for the moth's cocoon being shaped the way it is.
In order for the moth to fit itself through the narrow neck of the cocoon, it must streamline its body. The fluids in its body are squeezed into the wings, which make them large and the body small. When it finally emerges into the world, the emperor moth is a creature unsurpassed in beauty. 

The scientist realized that by trying to spare the moth what he considered unnecessary hardship, he had actually done it a disservice.
The struggle of the emperor moth is essentially the struggle of Soul in the lower worlds. It's an important phase of Soul's development. Through hardships and struggle Soul develops the beauty and grace necessary for It to become a Co-worker with God.
Harold Klemp,
 
The Book of ECK Parables,
Volume 3, pp. 207-208
About the Author:
michael porter


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