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Be A Lake

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.

“How does it taste?” the Master asked.
“Awful”, spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake.

The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Good!” remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the Master.
“No”, said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the ‘pain’ depends on the container we put it into.”

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things ….. Stop being a glass. Become a lake!

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. pinky
    July 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    nice one….rajiv..Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”One is considered the best yogi who regards every being like oneself, and who can feel the pain and pleasures of others as one’s own.”

  2. July 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Very good indeed. Will try to form a lake, where do one start?

  3. July 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Very apt. Wish we could put our little sorrows in a big container. There would be no pain…or atleast the impact will be minimal

  4. July 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    @ Pinky, Kobus & Shammi – Thank you so much for warm comments, keep coming πŸ™‚

  5. sandhya
    July 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

    very profound…

  6. July 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Sandhya – True. Thanks for coming πŸ™‚

  7. dhriti
    September 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    very beautiful n touchy πŸ˜€ thanks.

  8. September 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    @ Dhriti – Thanks dear πŸ™‚

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