S-T-O-R-I-E-S (artificially natural)

20 Sep

Zen Stories

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and difficult journey to visit him. When he arrived at the house, he saw an old servant inside who greeted him at the door. “I would like to see the wise Holy Man,” he said to the servant. The servant smiled and led him inside. As they walked through the house, the man from the village looked eagerly around the house, anticipating his encounter with the Holy Man. Before he knew it, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside. He stopped and turned to the servant, “But I want to see the Holy Man!”

“You already have,” said the old man. “Everyone you may meet in life, even if they appear plain and insignificant… see each of them as a wise Holy Man. If you do this, then whatever problem you brought here today will be solved.”

People’s reactions to this story:

  • ” This reminds me of Jesus. He was born a simple carpenter’s son. It also reminded me of Martin Luther King believing that we are all human and worthy of respect.”
  • “Anticipation of something may be greater than the thing itself. Anticipation of looks is always a mistake.”
  • “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
  • “This is too obvious to be a story. You don’t have to think about the point and make it yours. It just hits you on the head.”
  • “Every step you take in life is significant. There are meanings to all and every event that takes place.”
  • “The man in the story got lost looking for a deep solution to his problem, when all along the answer was right on the surface.”
  • “Everyone you meet in life will know something about life that you may not.”
  • “If you feel love and respect for all people that you meet, you will receive inward peace.”

Somewhere from the internet … true stories are buried.

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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Stories


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