Proverbs are short, popular sayings that usually communicate some commonplace truth or useful adage.
Wisdom in any form is good to note and incorporate into the life.
In America, we hear them often when elders are trying to teach us something. *Out of the frying pan and into the fire (to go from a bad to a worse situation), Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (don’t start making plans for something until it is a reality, rather than a pleasant speculation) and Six of one, half a dozen of the other (each choice is really the same thing). * They are really great truths; but often times when they are communicated they go in one ear and out the other.
Recently, my teacher or Master was speaking of the beauty of the Zen tales. He happened to tell me one the other night and I would love to share it with you. It is funny and cute and powerful. It is deep or shallow and treads all the water in between.
My Master reminds me it is not the answer but yet the question. That is the teacher. The search for these things makes the question worth thinking. Contemplation is the journey to a wider answer, a bigger solution.
In knowing you do not know, truly there opens the possibility that you are not all knowing. This in turns releases the ego from its strong position and allows humility, understanding and knowledge to be incorporated into your person or being.
In fact, it isn’t the question or the answer that is most important; in my opinion it is the journey and if this is the ultimate reason for existence then the journey is the teacher and no matter what the question or answer there is wisdom in the action and the non action all you have to do is stop, listen and experience it.
A Zen Tale from my Master:
The Master has a lite candle.
At the end of the hall, the Master turns to the disciple and says, ”Where do you think this light came from?
The disciple blows out the candle and says, “If you tell me where it went; I will tell you where it came from?”