Teacups – चाय के प्याले

जापानी ज़ेन गुरु सुजुकी रोशी के एक शिष्य ने उनसे एक दिन पूछा – “जापानी लोग चाय के प्याले इतने पतले और कमज़ोर क्यों बनाते हैं कि वे आसानी से टूट जाते हैं?”

सुजुकी रोशी ने उत्तर दिया – “चाय के प्याले कमज़ोर नहीं होते बल्कि तुम्हें उन्हें भली-भांति सहेजना नहीं आता। स्वयं को अपने परिवेश में ढालना सीखो, परिवेश को अपने लिए बदलने का प्रयास मत करो।”

(A Zen story about Master Suzuki Roshi – in Hindi)

A student asked Suzuki Roshi why the Japanese make their teacups so thin and delicate that they break easily. “It’s not that they’re too delicate,” he answered, “but that you don’t know how to handle them. You must adjust yourself to the environment, and not vice versa.”

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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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