A wealthy businessman had a child who was very hard to manage, and so he sent him off to a Zen Temple nearby, hoping that this type of training would do him some good.
The young fledgling monk on his very first day there walked up arrogantly to the master, sitting peacefully on his cushion, on the stone floor of the temple.
“This is my first day here, enlighten me,” he says.
The master looks up from the letter that he was writing, and he says to the student.
“Is that your only desire?”
The student laughs loud, derisively:
“Yes”, he answers, “Why else would I come here?”
The master said quietly, “Even that must go.”
then the master smiled broadly, as he added, more loudly.
“Desire is the biggest trap of all. Desire nothing and receive everything. Nothing needs to be desired, because you have it all already.”
(Some of us are chained to our desires)
The student didn’t as yet grasp the true meaning of the master’s words.
“Yeh, yeh,” he replied, “That’s because my father is a wealthy businessman.”
“Real wealth is not inheritable,” the master thought to himself, without saying it, as it would have fallen on death ears.
A comment about my story:
I will add this comment here about wealth and enlightenment.
The wealth of love buys nothing, and yet it obtains enlightenment for you.
Love is the key that opens the treasure chest of your life for you in life, and it is only closed when your mind will not try the right key.
Don’t let your love stay a wooden one stuck only in your mind as a thought. Put it into action!