Wednesday, December 24, 2008


*The Salt...*

Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and said he was very sad
and asked for a solution. 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!"

"Life has so much in store for us if only we believe!"

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