Monday, January 12, 2009

Stop being a glass. Become a lake

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.

"How does it taste?" the Master asked.

"Awful," spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake.

The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?"

"Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No," said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less.

The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into.

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things.....

Stop being a glass. Become a lake!"


Sonia said...

lovely story and lovely blog - i must say neelum its lovely to read whatever you write and its just so relaxing to read it - its catharsis - i am not sure that's the exact word - but close enough to what i want to say.... - just releases you from your tensions and lets you smile, gasp, worry and say awww. Keep up your great work. love sonie

Swaram said...

Nice one!