- May 31, 2005A man's car broke down
as he was driving past
a beautiful old monastery.
He walked up the drive and
knocked on the front door.
A monk answered, listened
to the man's story and
graciously invited him
to spend the night.
The monks fed the man and
led him to a tiny chamber
in which to sleep. The man
thanked the monks and slept
serenely until he was awakened
by a strange and beautiful sound.
The next morning,as the monks
were repairing his car, he asked
about the sound that had woke him.
"We're sorry," the monks said.
"We can't tell you about the sound.
You're not a monk."
The man was disappointed, but eager
to be gone, so he thanked the monks
for their kindness and went on his
way. During quiet moments afterward,
the man pondered the source of the
alluring sound. Several years later
the man happened to be driving in
the same area. He stopped at the
monastery on a whim and asked
admittance. He explained to the
monks that he had so enjoyed his
previous stay, he wondered if he
might be permitted to spend another
night under their peaceful roof.
The monks agreed, and so the man
stayed with them again.
Late that night, he heard the
strange beautiful sound The
following morning he begged
the monks to explain the sound.
The monks gave him the same
answer as before.
"We're sorry. We can't tell
you about the sound.
You're not a monk."
By now the man's curiosity
had turned to obsession.
He decided to give up everything
and become a monk, for that was
the only way he could learn about
the sound. He informed the monks
of his decision and began the
long and arduous task of becoming
a monk. Seventeen years later,
the man was finally established
as a true member of the order.
When the celebration ended, he
humbly went to the leader of
the order and asked to be told
the source of the sound.
Silently, the old monk led
the new monk to a huge wooden
door. He opened the door with
a golden key. That door swung
open to reveal a second door
of silver, then a third of gold
and so on until they had passed
through twelve doors, each more
magnificent than the last.
The new monk's face was awash
with tears of joy as he finally
beheld the wondrous source of
the beautiful mysterious sound
he had heard so many years before...
But, I can't tell you what it was...
unless you're a monk.
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