There was an man who had a dream one night that he would be protected from a ravaging storm that would engulf his whole village.
The next day, as expected, a terrible storm came to his region. The first day a neighbor of his offered help for him to flee – help that he denied since he was sure God was going to help him.
The second day, when he had to take refuge in the second floor of his house given that the waters had taken over all of the first floor, a rescue team came to his house and offered him to get out of there – help that he again refused given that God had promised him to get out of there.
The third day came a helicopter to rescue him but he was adamant that God was going to save him.
Not long after he drowned and died. Once in heaven he complained to God: “why didn’t you help me as you promised?”
To which God replied: ” I sent your neighbor, a rescue squad and even a helicopter to which you simply declined!”
One day, as the big temple bell was being rung, the Buddha asked Ananda, “Where does the bell sound come from?”
The Buddha said, “The bell? But if there were no bell stick, how would the sound appear?”
Ananda hastily corrected himself. “The stick! The stick!”
“The stick? If there were no air, how could the sound come here?”
“Yes! Of course! It comes from the air!”
The Buddha asked, “Air? But unless you have an ear, you cannot hear the bell sound.”
“Yes! I need an ear to hear it. So it comes from my ear.”
The Buddha replied, “Your ear? If you have no consciousness, how can you understand the bell sound?”
“My consciousness makes the sound.”
“Your consciousness? So,Ananda, if you have no mind, how do you hear the bell sound?”
“IT WAS CREATED BY MIND ALONE.”
Often, we want to “keep it.” That is just a big mistake. When you are doing something, just do it. Understanding is an illusion. If, you are not thinking, the answer is pure and clear, which is always in front of you.
Beautiful words will teach correct direction. If you are attached to beautiful speech or holding your opinion, you cannot attain their true meaning. So put it all down – your opinion, your condition, and your situation. Then your mind is clear like space. Then a correct answer will appear by itself. This is wisdom.
When you try something and don’t attain it, don’t worry! Don’t be attached and don’t try to understand it. Only go straight, try, try, try nonstop. If you wish to pass through this gate, do not give rise to thinking.
This is the Great Love.
-Zen Master Seung Sahn