The Blind Student - A Zen Parable

The Blind Student – A Zen Parable

You are blind in your Heart and do not see. But if you read this, you have gained the merit to at least consider the seeds that I have planted within you. ~ Siraj

Once a blind man came to visit a Zen master. He came to debate his knowledge over the Master’s insight. The Master calmly gave answers to all of the blind man’s questions. Finally, in total disagreement, the blind man called the Zen Master an idiot and stood up to leave.

It was night, a dark night, with no moon and so many clouds. The Master said to the blind man, “Please take this lamp with you.”

The blind man laughed mockingly and said, “Are you joking? What can a lamp do for me? I cannot see! It is all the same to me whether I have a lamp or not.”

But the Master said, “I know that you cannot see, but at least others will be able to see that you are coming in the darkness so they will not stumble into you.”

The argument had merit so the blind man took the lamp and went away. He had walked only a hundred yards when a man walked into him. He said, “What is the matter? Are you also blind? Can’t you see this lamp?”

The man replied, “I am not blind. Excuse me, but your lamp is no longer lit, its flame has gone out.”

The blind man went back to the Zen Master and said, “Look, never give a lamp to a blind man again. If there was no lamp I would have walked more cautiously. I always walk cautiously. Because of the lamp I walked as if I were not blind, but the light went out.”

The Master then replied, “Yes, this is what I have tried to show you…that knowledge alone cannot create the light itself. A lamp is of no use without light. Knowledge is of no use without AWARENESS.”

The state of awareness supercedes the mind's understanding and beliefs. We are here to Love and BE Love in one particular sweeping motion. ~ Siraj

Watch the extremes that you go to in order to comfort yourself

Everything you do is a footprint toward living in your Karma as a path to Truth - you can make that path very difficult or allow it to be a guide to the Way through the joy of simplicity

Look within and ask yourself, “What would help me?” - keep looking for the answer within, not in the outer world

Listen and follow the inner voice, the Light, that hints at what would really serve you well - the ``still small voice`` of intuition

Let it become a new resource for living and be renewed by the Presence that has always lived within you

  • Mary Roos
    Posted at 21:54h, 12 May Reply

    Look within
    Thank you, Siraj

  • sangit
    Posted at 06:34h, 13 May Reply

    In gratitude for your generosity, patience and insight,
    …… your stumbling student.

  • Michael Eidsmoe
    Posted at 19:35h, 13 May Reply

    Awareness. Let it be the guide.

    Thank you

  • Maria Rodriguez
    Posted at 17:40h, 17 May Reply

    Thank you.

  • Paul kampe
    Posted at 09:44h, 21 May Reply

    Thank you Greg ☮️

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