Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wanting Something - Zen Motivational Story

This is part of a series of short motivational stories I'm retelling because they are pearls that inspire.

A young man from the village went to meet a Buddhist monk whose fame had spread far and wide.

“Master I want to become your disciple,” said the man.

“But why?” asked the monk.

“Because I want to find God,” said he.

The monk dragged him to the nearby stream and put his head under water. The man struggled, flailed his hands and legs.

After a minute, the monk took him out of the water. The man was gasping for breath.

“What did you want most when you was under water?” asked the monk.

“Air,” replied the frightened man.

“Good. Now go away and come back to me when you want God as much as you wanted air when you were under water,” replied the Buddhist monk.

Notes: The search for truth is not a mere mortal exercise. The disciple has to be ready for the exploration. And the master will know when he sees one. The wanting for truth must come from deep within.