Two Jews, a Monk, and a Mountain
Let’s change the rhythm here this week and enjoy a joke and an instructive tale.
Two Jewish guys walk past a church that has a sign out in front: “$50 If You Convert Today!” The two men stop and look at each other. Then one of them says, “I’m going in there to check this out!”
The second man waits out on the sidewalk for twenty minutes, thirty minutes. Finally his friend emerges.
“So, nu? What happened in there? Did they give you $50?”
The other man looks at him. “Is that all you people think about?”
That’s the instructive tale.
Here’s the joke:
A Chinese monk decides to travel up the mountain to ask the Holy One a question. On the way, he encounters an old man dancing wildly in the road.
“Listen to me! I’m going up the mountain to see the Holy One to ask Him a question. Would you like me to ask something for you as well?” But the man is so wrapped up in his dancing he either doesn’t hear or just doesn’t care.
The monk shakes his head and proceeds up the mountain. At the top, he sees the Holy One.
“Oh Lord, please, tell me how I am doing! How many more incarnations must I endure?”
The Holy One looks upon him and smiles.
“You have been doing well, my child. Only one more lifetime, and you should be finished. Your soul will then attain Nirvana!”
The monk is thrilled. Only one more lifetime on this earth! Before he takes his leave, he tells the Holy One of the old man he had seen, and asks the same question about him. The Holy One answers, and the monk humbly bows and gives thanks, and returns down the mountain.
Again, he encounters the old man in the road, who’s still dancing.
“Listen to me!” The monk grabs the man and stops him so that this time he’ll pay attention.
“I have just met with the Holy One! He told me about my remaining incarnations. He said I have only one more lifetime to complete! And then I asked Him about you!”
The old man is suddenly intrigued. His eyes widen.
“He told me that you have many, many incarnations left on this planet.”
The man bursts into laughter. “How wonderful! More time to dance!”
And hearing this, the monk becomes enlightened.
Have a good week.