My theme of the day is SIMPLICITY and what is better than a simple story, to make the point? So here is the story which fell into my lap this morning:
‘A Zen master named Gisan asked a young student to bring him a pale of water to cool his bath. The student brought the water and, after cooling the bath, threw on the ground the little that was left over. The master scolded him and said: ‘Why didn’t you give the water to the plants? What right have you to waste even a drop of water in this temple?’ The young student attained Zen in that instant. He changed his name to Tekisui, which means a drop of water.’
How often Zen stories escape me, as either too obscure or stating the obvious? But this is exactly what it is – the obvious. It is staring us in the face, yet we look to complicate it. We say – life is complicated, and maybe we need to go through the web of complexities, to arrive at what is pure SIMPLICITY. I get such a sense of peace when I think this way!
Also – Isn’t saving water necessary for our planet? Just a thought. Simple.