Salt, Glass of Water and the Lake:
Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told he had a very sad life and asked for a solution.
The Old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
“How does it taste?” – the Master asked.
“Terrible” – spat the apprentice.
The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and the young man swirled his handful of salt into the lake.
The old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the young man again tasted the water, the Master asked, “How does it taste?”
This time to his surprise, the water tasted “Good!”.
“Do you taste the salt?” – asked the Master.
“No.” – said the young man.
The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said,
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount OF ‘pain’ WE TASTE depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”