Monday, January 20, 2003

from the desert: the humility of knowing one's place

There was an old man who had a good devoted disciple. One day the old man got annoyed and drove the disciple out of their place. Yet the disciple sat down outside of the cell and waited. When the old man opened the door, he found his disciple sitting quietly there outside, and he repented, saying: You are my father, for your humility and patience have overcome my narrow-mindedness. Come on inside! From now on, you are the old man and the father, and I am the younger and the disciple; for your good actions have surpassed my old age.

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