Dear Seekers and Friends!
I wish you a very good morning with a bright Zen story.
Say aloud in your heart a couple of times – Good Morning Zen!
Feel the positive vibrations.
Today’s story is different. It is a metaphor for us all who are a victim of the mind. The mind rules our lives; the way we behave, we think or we do is all basically governed by our minds. The story that follows acts like a mirror that is going to reflect the nature of our mind.
It is also going to show us how a man of truth behaves. How does a man who has known lives? How does he think and how does he respond? How he handles various challenges that life brings and steers his course.
I really hope it is going to be a wonderful learning. Let’s talk more after reading the story. Read it slowly with a loving heart –
There was a Zen master who held a good reputation in his community.
One day the neighbors came to his door enraged and furious, accusing him of having fathered the child that their teenager was about to bear.
The Zen master said: “Is that so”?
The rumors ran wild and the master lost his reputation.
A few months later the child was born and the baby was brought to the Zen master, who accepted and cared for him or her.
A year later the daughter of the neighbors admitted that the father was actually the butcher of the town.
The parents, mortified, went back to the Zen master’s house and confessed, apologized and asked for the child back.
The Zen master said: Is that so? – then returned the baby.
Is that so?
One who has known, is cool:) in every situation. He does not label and he does not judge. He knows that the real him is beyond all the scenes. He knows that whatever happens, happens for good despite the falsely appearing pictures. He trusts existence completely. He is not bothered about the past nor anxious about the future. Whatever existence brings on his door, he welcomes it.
In the story we can see that the Master was blamed to have illegally fathered a child with a teenage village girl. We all know that this is too big a blemish on anybody’s collar but the Master was not moved. His calm was not lost. He did not shout or fight. He accepted the blame and immediately took the responsibility of the accusation and accepted the child. He not only accepted the gift that nature brought to him but lovingly fathered him and nurtured him. He did not bother about his reputation either.
Is it possible to have such a cool mind?
Later when the true culprit was found village people felt ashamed of their doings they apologized to the master. They asked for his forgiveness and gave the responsibility of the child to his original father. At this moment again, the Master did not budge. Not only the Master was free of all Judgments but also from the shackles of Attachment. He was not attached but he loved the child, provided for all his needs and cared for him. When asked to return the child, he bowed down to the existence and obeyed. He gave the child back without adding any conditions or trails. He did not say – Why did you blame me earlier?
There was so much material for the mind to talk and commentate, but it did not say a word. The mind lives like an obedient servant with the master. You see, the monkey has been tamed.
A person of Zen has gone beyond the mind and all its colors. He has known the Truth and he lives in complete harmony with the existence.
Piece of Contemplation –
What would you have done in these situations?
How would you have reacted in this scene?
Think about it…
Have a Zen life!