For many days, a monk sat alone in a room in meditation, silently. The master saw him there and led him out of the gate with a smile. Outside the temple, there was a beautiful spring. Looking around, heaven and earth were filled with fresh air, green grass buds, flying birds, and flowing rivers…
He took a deep breath and looked at his master, who was now sitting peacefully on the hillside.
After spending the whole afternoon outside, the master got up and, without saying a word, made a gesture for the monk to follow.
Just after entering the gate of the temple, the master suddenly stepped forward and lightly closed two wooden doors, shutting the monk outside the temple.
He did not understand the master’s will and sat alone outside the door, thinking why his master would do this.
Soon it was dark, and a mist hung over the hills and the trees. The sounds of water in the woods, of the streams, and even of the singing of the birds were no longer evident.
Then the master called his name from within the temple.
The monk opened the door and went in.
The master asked, “How is it outside?”
“It’s all black.”
“No,” said the master, “Outside, the breeze, the green field, the flowers, the creek…everything is still there.”
Suddenly, he realized his master’s actions.
A young man asked a monk: “Master, some people say that I am a genius, and some people call me a stupid person. What do you think?”
The monk asked, “How do you see yourself?” And the young man was puzzled.
“A kilogram of rice is a few bowls of rice in the eyes of the housewife; a biscuit in the eyes of the baker, and a fine wine in the eyes of the brewer. Rice is still rice. Similarly, you are still you, but how much you can accomplish depends on how you treat yourself. So how do you think of yourself?” And the young man was enlightened.
The image is from https://tinybuddha.com/blog/9-powerful-life-lessons-from-studying-with-a-monk/.
Someone asked Picasso: “How can we understand your paintings?”
Picasso said: “Have you heard birds sing?”
“Is it nice?”
“Yes, it’s nice.”
“Now do you understand?”
Buddha: “What is most precious in the world?”
Disciple: “It is the thing you lose and the thing we cannot get.”
The Buddha was silent.
After several years has gone by, the Buddha asked again, and the disciple answered: “The most precious thing in the world is the thing we truly own!
If you don’t have height, all you see is problems. If you don’t broaden your horizons, all you see is trifles.
If you are an ant mentality, then small stones are obstacles. If you are an eagle mentality, then the high mountain will dare to try!
People with high altitude are not free from difficulties. They walk at different heights and conduct themselves in different ways. What we should do every day is to improve our height and depth, instead of telling about our obstacles and troubles every day.
Little heart, everything is a big thing. Big heart, everything is a small thing!
Life is a self-challenge, and broaden your horizons can bring life to life.
The sunset scene at Maui.
Note: The original article is in Chinese, and the author is unknown. I like the concept of it, so I translate into English to share with you here.
A partner betrayed a young businessman. He lost all of his money and wanted to jump into the lake and kill himself.
He met a wise man sitting beside the lake, and he described his situation to him in detail.
The wise man brought him home with a smile and made him remove an enormous block of ice from the cellar. The businessman did, as he was puzzled. When the ice was removed, the wise man said, “Chop it down! “When the merchant found the ax, he cut it down, only to make a small mark on the ice. The merchant swung his ax again and struck the chisel with all his might. After a while, he panted and shook his head at the falling ice. “the ice is too hard!”
The wise man said nothing and boiled the ice in an iron pan. As the temperature rises, the ice melts slowly. The wise man asked, “Did you learn anything from it?” The merchant said, “Some understanding. I’m dealing with ice in the wrong way. I shouldn’t use an ax, and I have to use fire.”
The wise man shook his head. The merchant looked pale and bowed for advice. The wise man said earnestly, “what I have shown you is seven states of successful life.”
The image is from pixabay.
Although ice is water, it is harder than water. The more it is in a cold and harsh environment, the more it can express the characteristics of steel like steel. This is the first realm of success in life. (never yield in spite of reverses)
Water into gas, gas looks invisible, if the gas in a specific range of the formation of cohesion, will become powerful, infinite power. This is the second realm of a successful life.(Empowering by gathering the energy)
Water purifies everything, no matter how dirty everything is in the world, it will open its heart to accept without regret, and then clean itself slowly. This is the third realm of successful life: (accepting with tolerance)
Water seems powerless. It flows down from the height. When confronted with obstacles, patience is boundless. Water can wear the hardest rock away. This is the fourth realm of a successful life.(overcoming hardness with softness)
When water energy can go up, it will turn into clouds and fog. When it goes down, it will turn into rain and dew. This is the fifth realm of a successful life.(able to bend or unbend)
Though water is cold, it has a kind heart. It does not fight, it feeds the world, but it does not take from it. This is the sixth realm of successful life.(succoring the world)
The mist was ethereal, but it had the freest self. Clouds can be gathered into the rain, into the visible water, can be dispersed without the trace, drifting in the world. This is the seventh realm of a successful life. (etiring after winning merit)
Revelation: Life is like water. The reason has the ability disparity, the different views on the good and the evil, and the desires for the life and death are all due to their different realms.
The article is translated from the Chinese text-以水喻人生的故事——人生如水.
There was a wealthy merchant who, to avoid losing his money, replaced all his wealth with gold and silver. He made a unique paper umbrella, and carefully concealed the gold and silver in the umbrella handle, then he dressed as an ordinary citizen, and got ready to head back to his hometown to retire with this umbrella. However, he accidentally dozed off on the train, and he realized the umbrella had disappeared when he woke up! After carefully observing, this experienced businessman noticed that the package he carried was still in good condition. So he knew that the person who took the umbrella was not a professional thief, but someone who happened to pass by and just took the umbrella by mistake, and that the man should be nearby.
The merchant then settled down there, and he purchased umbrella repair tools to make a living by repairing umbrellas. Two years went by, but he did not find his umbrella. However, as he fixed umbrellas, he learned that people would just buy new umbrellas when they were not worth repairing.
The merchant then changed his banner to “an old umbrella for a new one,” without charge. The people who came to replace their umbrellas came in regularly. Not long after, a middle-aged man with a shabby oil paper umbrella came in in a hurry. The merchant took a look at it, and it was the umbrella that he had been searching for – and the umbrella handle was still intact. He quietly gave the man a new umbrella. After the man left, he went back to his residence to tidy up his belongings and disappeared without a trace.
There is wisdom in calmness. The curator of the museum deliberately made his case loud to everyone, while the merchants handled his loss silently. Their wise actions derived from calm. In the face of sudden incidents, both of them dealt with it calmly, eventually transforming the situation into something better.
In life, learning to be calm is a valuable asset. It will let you know that if there are storms and dark clouds in front of you, anxiety and distress will not only make things worse but sometimes it will make things disastrous. The calm will allow you to stabilize your position and restore your losses.
Calmness is a kind of wisdom, but also a sort of resilience. More than 80 years ago, a fire burned down Thomas Edison’s laboratory. Edison stood on the ruins and said: “Now we can start again!” I believe that anyone who knows this would admire Edison’s words of calmness.