For all of us Monks: Celebrate! Let’s Enjoy this Fun Story with Wise Advice on Perfection from Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Truth hidden in Humor & Brilliant Saint-Exupery Quote
A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.
He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head Abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.
The head monk,says,’We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.’
He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn’t been opened for hundreds of years.
Hours go by and nobody sees the old Abbot.
He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing.
‘We missed the R ! We missed the R !We missed the R !’
His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is sobbing sobbing uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, ‘What’s wrong, father?’
With A choking voice, the old abbot replies, ‘The word was…
The sincere hope is that everyone sees what is sahaj in the story – that includes the truth and the hope and the humor – and one can realize that the message is universal and it applies specially to this category of people: the Seekers.
In our keen desire to “do what is right” we might often become artificial and we end-up excluding Life from our life. Thanks to my friend George that emailed me the above story. And I just remembered this amazing quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a writer I love (make sure you read The Little Prince – definitely is not only a children’s book):
“In anything at all, PERFECTION is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” Antoine de Saint -Exupery
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