The master is like bell

By Paulo Coelho

A student who had recently arrived at the monastery, went to master Nokami and asked him how he should prepare for the exercise of meditation.

“Do not be afraid to ask” – was the reply.

“And how can I learn to ask?”

“A master is like a bell. If you strike it lightly, all you will heard is a gentle vibration. But if you bang it freely, it will resonate loudly and shake you to the depths of your soul. Ask with courage, and only stop when you obtain the answer you sought.”

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  1. Marie-Christine says:


  2. Heart says:

    Lukewarm or Wholeheartedly.

  3. wanbliska says:

    dear Annie,
    I understand you quite well, cause I’m a person that have problems to ask. So imagine that I have more ones when the person has not answered once. I could feel it’s not easy for anyone to answer straight to my plea.
    I think the only peculiar being that always listen and answer to me, in a way or others, is God.

    Dear Paulo, I’ll think about “banging the bell freely”, even if people restrain me.

    Love to you all.

  4. Hanan Diab says:

    Its so true.we should always have courage and faith accompanied by hope to search for our path, never let desperation and laziness stop us…