Speech

The disciple couldn't wait to tell the Master the rumor he had heard in the marketplace.

"Wait a minute" said the Master. "What you plan to tell us, is it true?"

"I don't think it is."

"Is it useful?"

"No it isn't"

"Is it funny?"

"No"

"Then why should we be hearing it?"


Spiritual relief

The Master held that no words were bad if they were used in an appropriate context.

When he was told that one of his disciples was given to swearing, he remarked "Profanity has been known to offer spiritual relief denied to prayer."


Gossip

A disciple confessed his bad habit of repeating gossip.

Said the Master wickedly "Repeating it wouldn't be so bad if you did not improve on it."


Motion

To the disciples who were always asking for words of wisdom the Master said "Wisdom is not expressed in words. It reveals itself in action."

But when he saw them plunge headlong into activity, he laughed aloud and said "That isn't action. That's motion."


Imprisonment

"You are so proud of your intelligence" said the Master to a dsicple "You are like the condemned man who is proud of the vastness of his prison cell."


Identity

"How does one seek union with God?"

"The harder you seek, the more distance you create between him and you."

"So what does one do about the distance?"

"Understand that it isn't there."

"Does that mean that God and I are one?"

"Not one. Not two."

"How is that possible?"

"The sun and its light, the ocean and the wave, the singer and his song - not one. Not two."