The Zen Master

A friend told me this story last night. Because I need reminding sometimes, I’m documenting it here. This story serves well for all seasons. Here’s why:

On his 16th birthday, a boy gets a horse as a present. All the villagers say, “How wonderful!” The Zen master says, “We’ll see.” One day, the boy is thrown from the horse, he is hurt and can no longer walk. All the villagers say, “How terrible!” The Zen master says, “We’ll see.” A short time later, war begins, and all the young men are taken away to be soldiers. Since the boy can’t fight, he is left behind, and all the villagers say, “How wonderful!”

The Zen master says, “We’ll see.”

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      1. Muhammad Tughlaq while coming to Delhi had announced that he will behead Nizamuddin Auliya.

        When his servant announced that to him, he replied in farsi, “Hunoos! Dilli dur ast”, Delhi is still a long way.

        The next day, the servant reported once again that Tughlaq was closer to Delhi and that Nizamuddin should flee. Nizamuddin again replied, ”Hunoos! Dilli dur ast!”

        This went on for quite a while (travelling on horseback, it takes quite a few days to reach Delhi) and eventually Tughlaq reached the outskirts of Delhi. The servant once again warned Nizamuddin and got the same reply. Later that night, Tughlaq died in a freak accident and could never fulfill his pronouncement.


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