Often, we see what we expect to see, what is foremost on our mind. Those who fear, see fear. Those who hope, see hope. What the soldier saw when looking at the Buddha . . .
The holy Buddha was sitting on the side of the road when a handsome young soldier walked by and seeing him said “you look like a pig.” The Buddha replied “and you look like a god.” The soldier, taken aback, asked him what he meant be that. The Buddha replied that he sits all day contemplating god and so that is who he sees. “You, my friend, must be contemplating other things.”