An aging Guru grew tired of his disciple complaining all the time, and so, one morning, he sent him to fetch some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.

“How does it taste?” the Guru asked. “Bitter,” spit the disciple

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and walk with him to the nearby lake. The two walked in silence to the lake, and once the disciple swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Guru asked, “How does it taste?” “Much fresher,” remarked the disciple. “Do you taste the salt?” asked the Guru. “No,” said the young man.

At this, the Guru sat beside the young man who so reminded him of himself and gave him the final lesson “The pain of life is pure salt, no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things…

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“Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”


Widen Your Horizon… Widen Your Wisdom – Philosophical Stories

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