Discrimination

Said the jilted lover "I have burned my fingers once. I shall never fall in love again."

Said the Master "You are like the cat who, having burned itself from sitting on a stove, refused to sit again."


Mechanicalness

The Master once asked his disciples which was more important: wisdom or action.

The disciples were unanimous: "Action of course. Of what use is wisdom that does not shoe itself in action?"

Said the Master "And of what use is action that proceeds from an unenlightened heart?"


Worship

To the disciple who was overly respectful the Master said "Light is reflected on a wall. Why venerate the wall? Be attentive to the light."


Avoidance

A tourist looking at the portraits of former Masters in the temple said "Are there any Masters left on earth?"

"There is one" said the guide. The tourist solicited an audience with the Master and started with the question: "Where are the great Masters to be found today?"

"Traveler!" cried the Master.

"Sir" the tourist answered reverently.

"Where are YOU?"


Destiny

To a woman who complained about her destiny the Master said "It is you who make your destiny".

"But surely I am not responsible for being born a woman".

"Being born a woman isn't destiny. That is fate. Destiny is how you accept your womanhood and what you make of it."


Rebirth

"Make a clean break with your past and you will be enlightened" said the Master.

"I am doing that by degrees."

"Growth is achieved by degrees. Enlightenment is instantaneous."

Later he said "Take the leap! You cannot cross a chasm in little jumps."


Dreams

"When will I be Enlightened?"

"When you see" the Master said.

"See what?"

"Trees and flowers and moon and stars."

"But I see these every day."

"No. What you see is paper trees, paper flowers, paper moons and paper stars. For you live not in reality but in your words and thoughts."

And for good measure, he added gently "You live a paper life, alas, and will die a paper death."