Master: And so… we begin the day with a different approach to our teachings in life.
Disciple: Oh wow. I’m lost for words!
Master: (Smiles) Interesting, it will be, dear one.
Disciple: What preparations do I need to make?
Master: Ha..ha.. None at all… In fact you are ready as you are.
Master: Doubt not … and calm your mind. Spontaneity will be the topic of today. Tell me… what do you see?
Disciple: Er…I see your face.
Master: (With a grin) And how is my expression, dear one?
Disciple: One full of grace…
Master: Aah…and how do you feel?
Disciple: Very privileged, actually.
Master: Do you see this in yourself?
Disciple: Huh?! I am….not sure.
Master: Well..how would you like to see yourself?
Disciple: I would love to be a wise man like you, Master. As you know, I have given up a lot of my physical possessions, to be in this monastery to learn more about enlightenment.
Master: And how long have you been here?
Disciple: Well…I think it has been a year or so.
Master: (Frowns) The lesson is over…I have failed you.
Disciple: (Surprised) What do you mean? I don’t understand….
Master: After all my teachings, your self-doubt still permeates. (Sighs) You can’t even see the grace in yourself that you see so clearly in me.
Disciple: I’m so sorry…I’m so sorry.
Master: Don’t be…for the apology should be due from me to you, dear one. Even after a year of teachings, I have failed to instil a sense of self worth within you. Enlightenment means seeing clearly the divinity & magnificence in oneself …and understanding that salvation that one seeks is within all along. The role of the Master is just to be the catalyst, for a true Master is not someone who has the most number of disciples but…one who can help create the most number of Masters.
Disciple: Oh no… I feel so bad.
Masters: That may be…still you are reminded to pay your fees for this month!
Disciple: (Shocked)Huh….what?!… I thought….
Master: Ha..ha.. you should see the surprised look on your face! Dear one, the path to Mastery involves humor as well. At present, you take your life far too seriously … A true Master will not avoid mistakes at all cost but instead will laugh at oneself for not seeing the solution earlier, and vow to do better. Mastery is progression. The belief in onself and the will to progress with grace is the key, dear one.
Disciple: Oh..wow. I just felt I have learnt so much more today than I ever did over the past year, Master! Thank you! Thank you!
Master: No…thank you. It was your spontaneous reaction that finally helped me see what you truly needed. In so doing, the final chapter of our discourse was revealed. Ha..ha…The lesson….. is indeed over, dear one.
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