Every month, the disciple who was sent away after years of training faithfully sent his master an account of his spiritual progress.
In the first month, he wrote: “I feel an expansion of consciousness and experience oneness with the universe.” The master glanced at the note and threw it away.
Two months later he received a note: “I finally discovered the holiness that is present in all things.” The master seemed disappointed, crumpled it, and threw it in the trash.
In his third letter two months later, the disciple enthusiastically explained: “The mystery of the One and the many has been revealed to my wondering gaze.” The master yawned.
Next letter said: “No one is born, no one dies, no one lives, the self is not.” The master threw this into the trash and threw his hands up in despair.
Months passed, then a year. After the second year, the master thought it was time to remind his disciple that he had promised to keep him informed of his spiritual progress. The disciple wrote back: “Who cares what you think?”
When the master read these words, a great look of satisfaction spread over his face. “Thank God! He’s got it at last.”
I revere the people in my life
Their words and actions influence me
As no doubt mine influence them
And yet …
Praise and blame
Fame and disrepute