Ancient Hindu Story, as told by Mark Nepo, Author of The Book of Awakening

How does it taste?

There was an aging Hindu master who was tired of hearing his complaining apprentice. He handed the apprentice a glass of water and a handful of salt. He told the apprentice to drink from the glass. He asked, “How does it taste?” “It is very salty,” said the apprentice.

After that, they took a walk heading toward a lake. He handed the apprentice a handful of salt and told him to put it in the lake.  He asked the apprentice to take a drink of water from the lake. “How does it taste?” “The water taste clear,” said the apprentice.

 The master continued with his lesson by explaining…

The  pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less.  The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same, but the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in.  so when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass, become a lake.

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