Get in here to get the answer.

18 Aug

A man is driving down the road and
his car breaks down near a
monastery. He goes to the
monastery, knocks on the door, and
says, “My car broke down. Do you
think I could stay the night?”
The monks graciously accept him,
feed him dinner, even fix his car. As
the man tries to fall asleep, he hears
a strange sound. A sound unlike
anything he’s ever heard before. The
Sirens that nearly seduced Odysseus
into crashing his ship comes to his
mind. He doesn’t sleep that night.
He tosses and turns trying to figure
out what could possibly be making
such a seductive sound.
The next morning, he asks the
monks what the sound was, but they
say, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a
monk.” Distraught, the man is
forced to leave.
Years later, after never being able to
forget that sound, the man goes
back to the monastery and pleads
for the answer again.
The monks reply, “We can’t tell you.
You’re not a monk.”
The man says, “If the only way I can
find out what is making that beautiful
sound is to become a monk, then
please, make me a monk.”
The monks reply, “You must travel the
earth and tell us how many blades of
grass there are and the exact number of
grains of sand. When you find these
answers, you will have become a
The man sets about his task.
After years of searching he returns as a
gray-haired old man and knocks on the
door of the monastery. A monk
answers. He is taken before a gathering
of all the monks.
“In my quest to find what makes that
beautiful sound, I traveled the earth
and have found what you asked for: By
design, the world is in a state of
perpetual change. Only God knows what
you ask. All a man can know is himself,
and only then if he is honest and
reflective and willing to strip away self
The monks reply, “Congratulations. You
have become a monk. We shall now
show you the way to the mystery of the
sacred sound.”
The monks lead the man to a wooden
door, where the head monk says, “The
sound is beyond that door.”
The monks give him the key, and he
opens the door. Behind the wooden
door is another door made of stone.
The man is given the key to the
stone door and he opens it, only to
find a door made of ruby. And so it
went that he needed keys to doors of
emerald, pearl and diamond.
Finally, they come to a door made of
solid gold. The sound has become
very clear and definite. The monks
say, “This is the last key to the last
The man is apprehensive to no end.
His life’s wish is behind that door!
With trembling hands, he unlocks
the door, turns the knob, and slowly
pushes the door open. Falling to his
knees, he is utterly amazed to
discover the source of that haunting
and seductive sound
But, of course, I can’t tell you what
it is because you’re not a monk.
credit:drnairalov of nairaland

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


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