ARCHIVE - Good lesson: Don't try things; Either do it, or don't

Archive: Wed Aug 1 14:15:58 2007
Title: Good lesson: Don't try things; Either do it, or don't
Mood: zen
Music: Time To Get Away (ATOM's Exit Stage Left Mix) -
As the great master Yoda once said: "Either do, or do not, there is no try"

A Zen master dropped his handkerchief on the floor, and a disciple was there and the Master said, “Try to pick it up and give it back to me. Try!”

And the disciple immediately took the handkerchief from the ground and gave it to the Master, but the Master dropped it again and he said, “I am saying try to get it!”

Six times the Master goes on dropping, and the disciple is puzzled as to what he means. Then suddenly the idea stuck him: “The Master is saying try to get it.” He said, “But how can I try? Either I pick it up or I don’t. How can I try?”

And the Master said, “That’s what you have been doing for three years – trying to meditate. Either you meditate or you don’t! How can you try?”

excellent lesson to remember


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