A drop of water has the tastes of the water of the seven seas: there is no need to experience all the ways of worldly life. The reflections of the moon on one thousand rivers are from the same moon: the mind must be full of light.
LIFE’S PURPOSE IN A DROP OF WATER
A Zen master asked a young student to bring him a pail of water to cool his bath.
The student brought the water, and after cooling the bath, threw the remaining water over the ground.
“Think,” said the master to the student. “You could have watered the temple plants with those few drops you have thrown away.”
The young student understood Zen in that exact moment. He changed his name to Tekisui, which means drop of water, and lived to become a wise Zen master himself.
“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.” The Buddha
In our search for knowledge, we are so concerned with finding the big answers (enlightenment, happiness, wisdom) that we sometimes forget the significance of ordinary moments.
Like the student who wants Zen wisdom but is careless in his routine chores, we too can forget that our life’s purpose can be found in the smallest of moments – and that our every word, thought and action (like drops of water) holds unique meaning on our path.
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.