To a disciple who was forever complaining about others the Master said "If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth."


The Master was asked by what criterion he selected his disciples.

He said "I act in a submissive and humble manner. Those who become haughty in response to my humility I immediately reject. Those who revere me because of my humble demeanor I reject with equal speed."


Before the visitor embarked upon discipleship, he wanted assurance from the Master.

"Can you teach me the goal of human life?"

"I cannot"

"Or at least its meaning"

"I cannot"

"Can you indicate to me the nature of death and of life beyond the grave?"

"I cannot"

The visitor walked away in scorn. The disciples were dismayed that their Master had been shown up in a poor light.

Said the Master soothingly "Of what is it to comprehend life's nature and life's meaning if you have never tasted it? I'd rather you ate your pudding than speculated on it."


To a visitor who asked to become his disciple, the Master said "You may live with me, but don't become my follower."

"Whom, them, shall I follow?"

"No one. The day you follow someone you cease to follow Truth."


"May I become your disciple?"

"You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed. The day you open them you will see there is nothing you can learn from me or anyone."

"What the is a Master for?"

"To make you see the uselessness of having one."