Monday, June 18, 2018


A young learner was enthused about acquiring knowledge and skills. At the very first meeting with his master, he asked how he should prepare himself for his training. ‘Think of me a bell,’ the master explained. ‘Give me a soft tap, and you will get a tiny ping. Strike hard and you'll receive a loud, resounding peal.’

Like all Zen stories, the above incident puts across a simple yet profound truth. The best of bells reverberate to their fullest capacity when they are struck right. To make the most of what we are working on, we must give it our all.

We see an amateur make a mess of the best of drums while the accomplished percussionist can make melodious music even with a set of kitchen pans and pots. The latter knows where, when and how to strike. Their approach is never half-hearted or tentative. They play full on!

We must let go of restrictive efforts that limit our results. It is said so well that ‘If it is going to be, it is up to me.’ So the next time, we see the bell of opportunity, let’s realise that it is our strike that will decide the quality of reverberations. Hence we must strike well!

For every bell of potential expectation
Our strike triggers the reverberation!

~ Pravin Sabnis

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