OVERFLOWING CUP OR OVERFLOWING DESIRES

Once a disciple went to the Master, and asked him one question after another, but was not satisfied with any answer the master gave.
Finally, the master said, “Come. Let us have tea.” So the master started pouring tea into the disciple’s cup. The cup got full but he kept pouring. The tea overflowed from the cup and spilled onto the table and the floor. The student asked, “Master, why are you doing this? The cup is full. You can see the tea spilling all over the carpet!” The Master smiled and said, “That is what the situation is. Your cup is so full that it has no more space to take anymore, but you want more. First empty your cup, drink what you have.’

 

When the mind is restless, no matter what the answer is, it does not get in. When you are quiet, the answers come up from within you. This is why a few moments of relaxation are essential.

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