14100Re: Monk ebusiness
- Jun 3, 2005Yep, one must be a monk, not for hearing the sound but for knowing
its source.But for the one who has attained inner monkhood,
meditated, cleansed the mind of all negative inputs, even without
entering the order of the monks, finds the doors opening without
knocking & the 'Source' eager to reveal itself ! Kudos to him !
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Belyea"
> 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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