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A Zen Story

Monday, June 11, 2007

Here is a zen story:

A master once described the journey to enlightenment as "like filling a sieve with water". When a woman questioned this master on his meaning, he gave her a sieve and a cup and they went to the sea, where he asked her to fill the sieve with water. She poured a cupful of water into the sieve. It was instantly gone.

"Spiritual practice is the same," the master explained, "if we stand on the rock of 'I', and try to ladle the divine realization in. That's not the way to fill the sieve with water nor the self with divine life."

He took the sieve and threw it into the sea, where it sank. "Now it's full of water, and will remain so. That's spiritual practice. It is not ladling little cupfuls into the individuality, but becoming totally immersed in the sea of divine life."


Anonymous said...

I like this story alot. I think it can apply to almost anything that brings up feelings of lack in me... For example, when I feel inadequate I often try to fill that lack with food, and I think the dynamic of that is that I feel that I lack "substance" so I make myself "substantial" but it's like the seive... I never ever feel quite "solid" enough no matter what... so this is certainly "food for thought"...

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