Saturday, March 17, 2012

21,908,543 reasons why you must become a monk

A man was driving down the road and his car broke down near a monastery. He went to the monastery, knocked on the door and said, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?"

The monks graciously accepted him, fed him dinner, and even fixed his car. As the man tried to fall asleep, he heard a strange sound; a sound like no other that he had ever heard .

The next morning he asked the monks what the sound was but the monk said he could not tell him because he was not a monk.

The man was disappointed but thanked the monk anyway and went about his merry way. Some years later, the same man with the same car broke down in front of the same monastery.

The monks once again accepted him, fed him, and fixed his car.

That night he heard the same strange mesmerizing sound that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning he asked what the sound was but the monks replied, "We can't tell you because you're not a monk.."

The man said, "All right, all right. I'm dying to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?"

The monks replied, "You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk."

The man set about this task. Some forty-five years later, he returned and knocked on the door of the monastery.

He said, "I have travelled the earth and devoted my life to the task demanded and have found what you had asked for. There are 371,145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth."

The monks reply, "Congratulations, you are correct, and you are now considered a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound.."

The monks led the man to a wooden door, where the head monk said, "The sound is behind that door."

The man reached for the knob but the door was locked. He asked, "May I have the key?"

The monks gave him the key, and he opened the door. Behind the wooden door was another door made of stone. The man requested the key to the stone door. The monks gave him the key, and he opened it only to find another door made of ruby. He demanded another key from the monk, who provided it. Behind that door wass another door, this one made of sapphire.. And so it went on until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks said, "This is the key to the last door..."

The man was relieved to be at the end. He unlocked the door, turned the knob, and behind that door he was astonished to find the source of that strange sound. It was truly an amazing and unbelievable sight

.......... But I can't tell you what it is because you're not a monk.