Pleasure and the tongue

By Paulo Coelho

A Zen master was resting with one of his disciples. At one point, he took a melon out of his bag and cut it in two so that both could eat it.

While they were eating, the disciple said:

‘Wise master, since everything you do has a meaning, perhaps your sharing this melon with me is a sign that you have something to teach me.’

The master continued eating in silence.

‘Your silence obviously conceals a question,’ the disciple insisted, ‘and it must be this: does the pleasure I am experiencing in eating this delicious fruit reside in the melon or in my tongue?’

The master said nothing. The disciple went on excitedly:

‘And since everything in life has meaning, I think I am close to finding the answer to that question: the pleasure is an act of love and interdependence between us, because without the melon there would be no object of pleasure and without my tongue…’

‘That’s enough!’ said the master. ‘The real fools are those who think themselves terribly intelligent and spend all their time trying to interpret everything. The melon is delicious, and that’s enough, now let me eat in peace!’

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  1. Ineshka says:

    Mr. Coelho, this post made me laugh, and I thank you! I just wanted to let you know that you are one of my favourite authors! I have just finished reading “Like a Flowing River” and it was a wonderful wonderful book!… Thank you so much for inspiring people by just sharing all your experiences.

    I hope you don’t mind me adding a link to your blog in my humble blog. And again, thank you so much for your writing and I hope that you keep on inspiring generations to come!

    Take care,
    Ineshka Mahindapala

  2. Juneli says:

    Nice story.

  3. Elena says:

    My name is Elena, and I am a Teach for America teacher in Houston, TX. I just listened to your interview on BBC radio. How ironic that so many readers describe your books as therapy when you were the one your parents deemed crazy and put in an asylum. You are the patient who is the actual psychiatrist/psychologist. Or maybe you let the real Psychiatrist heal people through your books. In any case, I really liked the Alchemist and am eager to read your new book. I am also a Catholic who appreciates the female face of God.
    Thank you for writing.

  4. sinan kaya says:

    dear paulo,

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    love
    sınan kaya

  5. ev says:

    Sometimes we just have to simplify things than making them complicated.Oh, I hope my comment makes connection to this entry though.

    Nice message…great post!

    much regards,
    ev

  6. Sunny says:

    Absolutely awesome. Some things are better understood in silence.

  7. Gregorian says:

    Nice message.

    You can get lost in anything. The line between illusion and truth is a narrow one. Common sense and intuition have to be in line to conquer this.

    Regards.

  8. lea says:

    wonderful =D i could scream at the people who destroy a wonderful magical moment by talking about the sense in it. sometimes things just ARE.

  9. Safira says:

    Ola, Hello, in all languages that you want to write, i did like what u wrote yesterday, i do feel that we have some issues with silence, today, by far people are to scared to just listen. I am learning, this is very new, is hard to believe that we are so deseperate to see all the signals that we see them everywhere, even and we are just suposed to be enjoying. I am in the fase that i try to talk a little, and hear everything.
    Teoricamente eu deveria estar morrendo, mas eu não me sinto assim, então acho que enquanto eu não me sentir desta forma estarei viva e quem sabe comendo os melões, sem me preocupar em qual o significado disso.
    Aos 29 anos, recem completados é um prazer poder só ler seus livros e sentir que não estou só, que há pessoas como eu, que pretendo um dia ser escritora, um sonho, talvez eu consiga romper a barreira, talvez a morte me espere ao invés de eu ficar esperando ela, talvez um dia vc me cumprimente, até lá eu sou esta pessoa bi-polar, que vive em 2 mundos, que vê tudo de uma maneira bem diferente. Que continua sendo posta de lado pois nosso mundo não entende os diferentes, os que se recusam a viver todos os dias em cima dos mesmos consumismos banais. Eu quero agradecer por me ajudar a compreender que eu levo a vida e não vice-versa, que eu sou capaz, que a beleza mora nas diferenças e que eu crio sementes (meus filhos) com esta nova visão….
    Até…..

  10. oh…I’m feeling a bit stupid reading this daily message…causeI’m the one who thinks that everything have an answer…that happens when I feel insecure…almost every moment!!!
    I’m not a good example…

    have a great day!!!

    Diana – Genoa, Italy

  11. Carolyn says:

    Yaaaay! So glad to read your blog. I’m a big fan of your work.

  12. WENDY ESPINOZA says:

    para laura (de argentina)

    hola espero que estes bien. mi nombre es wendy tengo 22 anos y vivo en new york. yo casi nunca leo los comentarios que dejan otros visitantes, pero lei el tuyo y como la mayoria de personas qe leen los libros del senor Paulo Coelho a mi tambien me inspiraron muchisimo y me estan ayudando a ver mis suenos mas que eso por que si uno se lo propone pueden ser una realidad. yo eh leido todos los libros de el y la verdad me gustaria que pudieras leerlo tu tambien. siento mucho la situacion de tus padres. tengo alguno libros en ingles y otros en espanol por que me gusta leer sus libros en los dos idiomas. te puedo enviar los que no has leido. te voy a dar mi email si quieres comunicarte es wendii466@aol.com
    y sige luchando por tus suenos. lo vas a lograr

  13. Jim Courbis says:

    Hit Peace…Eat Show….Be Eat…
    Hit the Road…
    Kind Regards…
    Jim Courbis in Can and Cannes(France)

  14. laura says:

    hola soy laura de Santiago del Estero, Argentina..tengo 20 años. Escribo con el unico objetivo de agradecerle, porque sus libros son una gran terapia para mi, digo terapia porque es la unica palabra que encontre para definir la ayuda que me dan. Solo pude leer alguno de sus libros como el alquimista, once minutos, la bruja de portobello y a orillas del rio piedra me sente y llore; sus otras publicaciones no tuve la oportunidad de leer porque desgraciadamente mis padres no estan en situacion economica de comprarmelos, pero bueno eso no viene al caso.
    Como le decia, le escribo para agradecerle sus libros me ayudan mucho, no estoy pasando una situacion animica muy buena en los ultimos años,desgraciadamente no estoy estudiando ninguna carrera por el momento porque la unica que me gusta es medicina y el ingreso es muy complicado y falle 2 veces, lo cual deja mi animos por el piso y no puedo encontrar una carrera que me llegue a satisfacer..pero cada vez que leo sus libros o algun parrafo de ellos, me dan una vision diferente en cuanto a mis problemas, me ayudan a analizarlos de otra manera y tratar de afrontarlos y de no hundirme con ellos.
    Lo admiro muchisimo, siempre me gusto leer y escribir, pero nunca tuve el coraje para hacerlo, ademas nunca me sentia segura con lo que escribia, pero cada palabra que escribe me alienta y me da seguridad.
    muchas gracias, me encantaria poder conocerlo algun dia.
    Mis amigos se rien cuando les cuento que le escribi y me dicen que pierdo el tiempo porque usted no lee ningun mail ni tampoco contesta ninguno, que de eso se encarga su publicista, pero sa mi me gusta creer que no es asi, y que es usted el que los lee.
    Gracias por su atencion y disculpe si lo aburri con una historia mia…gracias, besos.

  15. Verda says:

    I wanted to say hello and tell you I have so much respect for you, and what you have written…Today I bought your book; Like the flowing river and ı cant wait to read it…I am so very happy that I came across your blog, I will visit it every time I get a chance…

    You are by far my favourite writer… I added you to my blog, where I write about my daily activities, in turkish :) – I would write easier in english and hope that one day you can visit my blog and leave a commment…

    Mr Coelho, what you write means the world to me…
    have a great, great, great day,

    Best wishes,

    verds xxx

  16. Hmmm… The melon is really delicious! :D Shhh…lol!
    I loved this message! :D Thank you! :D