Four Fools in a Cave
- Four Fools in a Cave
Four persons decided to go into silence. They moved into a cave;
they wanted to live in silence for 3 months because they had heard
so much about it. They had become very intrigued - they were
ambitions to gain something out of it. It was not understanding
that had brought them to the cave; it was greed, it was desire,
ambition. Hence within minutes everything was exposed.
Just within minutes the first man said, "I wonder whether I have put
the candle out or now? It will be a sheer wastage, there is nobody
in the house!"
The second one said, "You fool! You have spoken! And we have taken
the vow of silence."
The third one laughed and said, "You are a greater fool! If he had
spoken, what was the need for you to speak?"
And the fourth one said, "Thank God, I am the only one who has not
Just by being silent nothing changes, you remain the same.
Transformation comes through awareness. Awareness brings a silence
of it is own, very alive, throbbing with eternity, full of a song.
It is not sad and not serious because it is not dead, it has a dance
to it. It is tremendously beautiful, it is positive, existential.
It does not make you just a hollow thing. It makes you so full that
you start overflowing with joy. You become so fulfilled that you
cannot contain your contentment within yourself, you have to share
it. You become a cloud full of rainwater. You have to shower it.
Excerpt from The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha.