"I am in desperate need of help - or I'll go crazy. We're living in a single room - my wife, my children and my in-laws. So our nerves are on edge, we yell and scream at one another. The room is a hell."
"Do you promise to do whatever I tell you?" said the Master gravely.
"I swear I shall do anything."
"Very well. How many animals do you have?"
"A cow, a goat and six chickens."
"Take them all into the room with you. Then come back after one week."
The disciple was appalled. But he had promised to obey! So he took the animals in. A week later he came back, a pitiable figure, moaning, "I'm a nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench! The noise! We're all on the verge of madness!"
"Go back" said the Master, "and put the animals out."
The man ran all the way home. And came back the following say, his eyes sparkling with joy. "How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is a Paradise - so quiet and clean and roomy!"
A disciple fell asleep and dreamed that he had entered Paradise. To his astonishment he found his Master and the other disciples sitting there, absorbed in meditation.
"Is this the reward of Paradise?" he cried. "Why, this is exactly the sort of thing we did on earth!"
He heard a Voice exclaim "Fool! You think those meditators are in Paradise? It is just the opposite - Paradise is in the meditators."
A gambler once said to the Master "I was caught cheating at cards yesterday, so my partners beat me up and threw me out of the window. What would you adivse me to do?"
The Master looked straight through the man and said "If I were you, from now on I would play on the ground floor."
This startled the disciples "Why didn't you tell him to stop gambling?" they demanded.
"Because I knew he wouldn't" was the Master's simple and sagacious explanation.