Saturday, December 16, 2006

Become a lake

Once upon a time there was a man who thought his life was no more than a bundle of curse and pain.

"O my Master", he said to his wise old teacher one day, "when will pain leave this mankind? Isn't there a way I can escape it?"

The master smiled. Then instructed the young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and to drink it. "How does it taste?" the Master asked.

"Terrible," replied the man.

Now the wise teacher took the hand of his pupil and guided him to a nearby lake. The Master then asked him to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. When the guy swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said.. "Now drink the water from the lake." The young man obeyed.

"How does it taste?" asked the Master.


"Do you taste the salt?"


Finally the Master sat beside his student, held his hand, and clarified "My son, 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! Please sit down and make a list of all your pains. Then analyze the containers you have been using and how you can enlarge them as big as the size of lake. All the best!