Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thought for the day...

A young spiritual aspirant was with his teacher, expressing concern for how sensitive they were to the disharmonious vibrations of others. The Master requested the student to bring a glass of water. When the student returned, the Master instructed them to put a handful of salt in the water. The student did so. Then the Master told the student to take a sip of the water. Upon doing this, the Master then asked the student "how does it taste?"

The student replied that it tasted overpowering and unpleasant. The Master then asked the student to follow him. They walked a brief distance to the nearby lake. They waded out a short distance, and then the Master told the student to empty the glass of salt water into the mountain lake. Then the Master instructed the student to fill the glass with water again.

"How does it taste?" asked the Master. "Quite clean and pleasant" said the student. "What is the meaning of this?"

The Master's eyes smiled with deep compassion as he said "The pain of life is like the salt you held in your hand, no more no less. So when you are disturbed by this pain, instead of being a glass of water become a lake."