Story of a Martial Art student – कड़ी मेहनत

मार्शल आर्ट का एक विद्यार्थी अपने गुरु के पास गया। उसने अपने गुरु से विनम्रतापूर्वक पूछा – “मैं आपसे मार्शल आर्ट सीखने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध हूँ। मुझे इसमें पूरी तरह पारंगत होने में कितना समय लगेगा?”

गुरु ने बहुत साधारण उत्तर दिया – “10 वर्ष।”

विद्यार्थी ने अधीर होकर फ़िर पूछा – “लेकिन मैं इससे भी पहले इसमें निपुण होना चाहता हूँ। मैं कठोर परिश्रम करूँगा। मैं प्रतिदिन अभ्यास करूँगा भले ही मुझे 10 घंटे या इससे भी अधिक समय लग जाए। तब मुझे कितना समय लगेगा?”

गुरु ने कुछ क्षण सोचा, फ़िर बोले – “10 वर्ष।”

(Hard-work – A Zen story in Hindi)

There is a very famous Zen story of a student who wanted to learn the martial arts. He went to a famous Zen master and asked him “I am a very sincere student and want to learn and master martial arts. How much time it will take me master the martial arts”.

The Zen master replied causally – 10 years.

Hearing the Zen master answer, the student said again “I want to learn quicker than this. I will put more effort and will be more regular in my practice. Then how much time it will take me to learn the martial arts”

The Zen master pondered over the question over a while and replied – 20 years.

Moral of the story: Mind is always in hurry to achieve its goals and ambition. In meditation, if we are expecting any result then we are bound to miss meditation. Meditation is all about understanding the mind and witnessing its desires.

Meditation requires our sincerity. We have to be sincere in meditation but not serious. Meditation should not become another game of our ego. We are not meditating to achieve any thing but to understand our real nature and go beyond the mind. Meditation is the art of witnessing our desires, goals, ambitions and to transcend this ever desiring mind. (image credit)


About Nishant Mishra

Nishant studied art history and literature at the university during 1990s. He works as a translator in New Delhi, India and likes to read about arts, photography, films, life-lessons and Zen.

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