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14095Monk ebusiness

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  • Jeff Belyea
    May 31, 2005
      A 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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