THE FROG IN THE WELL
Once upon a time, a family of frogs lived in a well. Every day they were waked by the sun. The well got light for a short time and then turned dark again. Down there the sun appeared and disappeared soon.
A young frog wanted to know from where the sun came and where it went to.
To solve the mystery, he needed to get out of the well. What to do! The well was narrow and deep. His hind legs were too weak to jump over it. It seemed impossible for him to see daylight. But the young frog was steadfast and optimistic.
Every day he trained for the high jump.
“Some day, I will be able to make a very high jump which will take me out of this goddam well.” He said to himself.
By practicing day by day, finally he was able to take a great jump and get out of the well.
“Now I will follow the sun to see from where it comes and where it goes to.”
He kept jumping to follow the sun, until at last he returned to the same place where he had started his traveling.
Meanwhile, his families had succeeded in coming out of the well and now they were sitting silently keeping their eyes closed near the well.
He got near his brother and whispered in his ear, “What are you doing here motionless and with closed eyes?”
“We are meditating. We are watching inside ourselves. Where have you been?”
“I have traveled all over the world to see from where the sun comes and where it goes to.”
“Did you discover anything?”
“No, I didn’t. I don’t know anything about the sun.”
“I know everything about it.”
“How is it possible?”
“I watch my breathing, then inside myself. Gradually I come to know who I am. You can do the same. Just watch yourself and you’ll find the sun inside you.”
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