Welcome to Zen.
Today I bring you a funny Zen story that is not just expected to bring a temporary smile on your face but also to plant a seed of permanent Zen laughter in your Heart.
Truth is not about being serious, it is about being happy, laughing, dancing and yet sincere.
Let’s read the story with a smile on your face-
One day there was an earthquake that shook the entire Zen temple. Parts of it even collapsed. Many of the monks were terrified.
When the earthquake stopped the teacher said, “Now you have had the opportunity to see how a Zen man behaves in a crisis situation. You may have noticed that I did not panic. I was quite aware of what was happening and what to do. I led you all to the kitchen, the strongest part of the temple. It was a good decision, because you see we have all survived without any injuries.
However, despite my self-control and composure, I did feel a little bit tense – which you may have deduced from the fact that I drank a large glass of water, something I never do under ordinary circumstances.”
One of the monks smiled, but didn’t say anything.“What are you laughing at?” asked the teacher.
“That wasn’t water,” the monk replied, “it was a large glass of soya sauce.”
A man of Zen is the one who has awakened to the very essence of life.
It is an awakening that comes from within, when you are not looking, just sitting, silent, relaxed and doing absolutely nothing, inside and the outside.
Zen does not provide any books, methods or literature, rather just puzzles, jokes and stories that are silent indicators towards the experience.
To know the truth is an individual responsibility and it cannot be delegated. Nobody else can know it for you, you have to dedicate all that is ‘yours’ in you, to allow the truth to manifest in your life.
Saint Kabir has said –
Kabira khadaa bazaar mein, liye lukaathi haath
Jo ghar baare aapna, chale hamaare saath!
It means those who are ready to burn down their houses are invited to the mystical journey of Truth.
Let’s go to the story –
It is the story of a Zen seeker and not a Zen master. The seeker is on the way towards his goal. He is in the monastery leading other seekers and fulfilling his role as a teacher.
He has known a little and feels pride to boast about it.
The earthquake comes and he panics, but the mind rationalizes. An act happens spontaneously and the mind was not present.
Later on, the mind comes and takes credit for the event and builds a story around it.
These stories of the mind, are stories in the air that have no significance. Nothing useful can be done with them. They are mere words with nothing concrete and tangible in them.
Stories cannot hide the Truth. Truth shows itself in one or the other ways. By your words, actions and body-language it would show.
The man of truth speaks for himself. His walk, talk and actions, all and everything, are aligned to the same principle.
Be aware of your actions.
Realize yourself and realize the purpose of Life!
Piece of Contemplation –
- Are my thoughts, feelings, words and actions aligned to each other?
- Do I feel pride in showing my knowledge?
- What is the purpose of my Life?
Wishing you an enlightened Life!