Stop Being A Glass. Become A Lake.

I love Buddhist style parables. I love them. I think they are great at producing those eureka moments. My most favourite one is about a monk, a tiger and a strawberry bush.

Today I found this great page and this amazing parable they posted in response to Positively Positive’s post: 

Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told he had a very sad life 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.

“Terrible.” – 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.”

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the nomad of the Universe, sailing through the unknown, learning to be happy and give happiness back
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4 Responses to Stop Being A Glass. Become A Lake.

  1. davecenker says:

    There is something simple, yet elegant about these parables. Thank you for sharing this sage piece of advice and best wishes for an inspired day 😉

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  2. ksbeth says:

    such a wonderful lesson

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  3. lolkin says:

    thanks, guys! totally agree. I love parables

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