Salt in The Lake

Once there was a young girl who was very unhappy with her life.  She felt depressed and anxious all the time.  She heard about a Zen master in the next town and decided to visit him to see if he could help her.  When she met him, she said, “I have so many problems in life. I am always sad.  Please give me a solution.  How can I be happy?  The master listened carefully, then got up and left.  After a few minutes he returned with a glass of water and a bowl of salt.  He asked the girl to take a handful of salt, put it in the water and drink it.  The girl was confused but did as she was instructed. The master then asked, “how does it taste?”  

“Terrible!” said the girl.  All I could taste was the salt.  

Now the master asked her to take a handful of salt and come with him.  They ended up at a nearby lake.  Now the master told her to put the salt in the lake.  So, the girl put the salt in the lake and swirled it around. The master said, “now drink the water from the lake.”  The girl drank the water from the lake.  The master said, how does it taste?  It tastes good said the girl.  Where you able to taste the salt in this water the master asked?  No, said the girl.  

The master took the girl’s hands and said, “the pain of life is pure salt. No more, no less.  The amount of pain in life remains the same, but the amount we taste, depends on the container we put it in.  

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. See the big picture. Stop being a glass, Become a lake.   

What’s for Dinner?

A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and s o on until you get a response.”

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.” Then in a normal tone, he asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?” No response.

So, the husband moves to closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still no response.

Next, he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, Honey, what’s for dinner?”

Again, he gets no response so, He walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again, there is no response.

So, he walks right up behind her. “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

“James, for the FIFTH time I’ve said, CHICKEN!”

Moral: The problem may not be with the other person as we always think. It could be very much within us!

Choose your Words Wisely

Once upon a time, an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After being released, the man felt humiliated as he walked to his home. He sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.

In court, the old man told the Judge, “They were just comments, didn’t harm anyone..” The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man, “Write All the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and On the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to Hear the sentence”.

The next day, the judge told the old man, “Before receiving the Sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper That you threw out yesterday”. The old man said, “I can’t do that! The wind must have spreads them and I won’t Know where to find them”.

The judge then replied, “The same way, simple comments may destroy the honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. The old man realized his mistake and asked for forgiveness”.

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A monk and his disciples were walking down to the river to take bath. There he found a family on the banks shouting at each other in anger.

After seeing this, the monk turned towards his disciples, smiled and asked, “Tell me Why do people Shout at Each other?”

The disciples thought for a while and then one of them said, “it’s because we lose our calm.”

The monk smiled and said, “Why does a person shout at another person who is right next to him? That person can tell the other person he is angry with in soft voice.”

The disciples gave many other answers but not any of these answers could satisfy monk.

When they finished, the monk took a moment and said, “When two people get angry at each other, their Hearts are miles apart. To cover that distance they need to shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the bigger the distance, the louder they have to shout.”

 “What happens when people fall in Love? They don’t shout at each other, they talk softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance is very small.”

Finally the monk said, “When they love each other even more, what happens? They don’t even speak just whisper and when they love even more, they just look at each other and understand. This is how two people are close to each other when they love each other.”


When you argue, don’t let your heart get distant. Don’t say words that create even MORE distance or else one day there will be so much distance that you will not be able to find a path to return.

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