Re: [Meditation Society of America] FW: Seductive Sound
- Damn! Awesome stuff right there. Really had me intrigued to the end. I think I've seen this before but I'm thankful that I'd comfortably forgot the ending altogether. Really nice read, keep it coming.
Aideen McKenna <aideenmck@...> wrote:
>> A Seductive Sound A man is driving down the road and his car breaks
>> down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door,
>> and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?"
>> The Monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As
>> the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound. A sound not
>> like anything he's ever heard before. The Sirens that nearly seduced
>> Odysseus into crashing his ship comes to his mind. He doesn't sleep
>> that night. He tosses and turns trying to figure out what could
>> possibly be making such an intriguing and seductive sound. The next
>> morning, he asks the Monks what the sound was, but they say, "We can't
>> tell you. You're not a monk." Distraught, the man is forced to leave.
>> Years later, after never being able to forget that sound, the man goes
>> back to the monastery and pleads for the answer again. The Monks reply,
>> "We can't tell you. You're not a Monk." The man says, "If the only way
>> I can find out what is making that beautiful sound is to become a Monk,
>> then please, make me a Monk." The Monks reply, "You must travel the
>> earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact
>> number of grains of sand. When you find these answers, you will have
>> become a Monk." The man sets about his task. After years of searching
>> he returns as a gray-haired old man and knocks on the door of the
>> monastery. A Monk answers. He is taken before a gathering of all the
>> Monks. "In my quest to find what makes that beautiful sound, I traveled
>> the earth and have found what you asked for: By design, the world is
>> in a state of perpetual change. Only God knows what you ask. All a man
>> can know is himself, and only then if he is honest and reflective and
>> willing to strip away self deception." The Monks reply,
>> "Congratulations. You have become a Monk. We shall now show you the way
>> to the mystery of the sacred sound." The Monks lead the man to a wooden
>> door, where the head monk says, "The sound is beyond that door." The
>> Monks give him the key, and he opens the door. Behind the wooden door
>> is another door- it is made of stone. The man is given the key to the
>> stone door and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby. And so
>> it went that he needed keys to doors of emerald, pearl and diamond.
>> Finally, they come to a door made of solid gold. The sound has become
>> very clear and definite. The Monks say, "T his is the last key to the
>> last door." The man is apprehensive to no end. His life's wish is
>> behind that door! With trembling hands, he unlocks the door, turns the
>> knob, and slowly pushes the door open. Falling to his knees, he is
>> utterly amazed to discover the source of that haunting and seductive
>> sound...... But I can't tell you what it is because you're not a Monk
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