Soup no good or the vow of silence
- These Jokes have been told at our All German Joy days over the
weekend. Both of them concern monks who took a vow of silence.
In the first group of monks one member is allowed to say a few words
once a year. After one year the big moment comes and the first of the
monks who is chosen says :"Soup no good"!
When the next year comes finally to an end after all the monks had
been staying in deep silence for one year, the second monk gets a
chance to say something. He calmly says : "I agree"
Another year in complete silence is passing and finally the great day
is coming and the third monks gets the chance to say something.
He exlaims "For God's sake, stop speaking about food"!
* * *
In the second joke there is only one student with his Master. The
student has taken a vow of silence and is allowed to say something
only every 20 years.
After praying and meditating intensly and devotedly for 20 years the
Masters finally gives the student a sign that he can speak. The
disciple only says : "Food no good".
Again prayer and meditation for long twenty years. Then the long
awaited day where the Master invites the student to speak. The
students comments : "Cave is cold"
Another 20 years pass, spent in deep meditation and intense prayer
until at last the great long awaited moment comes: The student is
allowed to say a few words. He says calmly and firm :"I quit".
The Master replies: I don't mind, you have been nothing but
PS. Highlight of the Joy day was Projjwal's slide show from the
Christmas Trip that was excuisite with a good blend of pictures of the
Master, Nature and "family" shots. For each picture there was a
written comment at the bottom of the picture, like for example:
"Projjwal & lamb (Projjwal is on