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A zen teacher sitting by a stream is one day approached by a student who said "teacher, I want to know truth". The teacher then said "good, come closer". The student moves closer and sits down next to the teacher, and says again "teacher, I want to know truth", the teachers replies "listen to the stream, what do you hear?" - the student replies, "teacher, I hear the stream, I want to know truth".

The teacher then says "place your ears next to the water", the student does so and immediately the teacher plunges the students head in the water. After holding him there for a few moments the teacher says "when you were underwater, what did you want?" The student said "I wanted air", and the teacher replies "return to me when you want to know truth as much as you wanted air".

I am fairly sure I heard this from modern egyptologist John Anthony West - I probably didn't get it completely right, but I feel the many points found within remain. Although I have my own thoughts on the saying, as to its meaning, I am very interested to hear others perspective on it.

So I pose the question, what was the teacher saying here in your opinion? The answer may seem obvious and apparent, however...

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Comment by michael alaska on November 2, 2010 at 3:16pm

i was witness to this in the bay area in 1975 ,,,
the truth is................................................................................................

Comment by ॐBlessedॐ on October 18, 2010 at 4:21pm
keys of Enoch by J.J Hurtak is a DEFINITE read! cannot emphasis that enough.
there are pdf versions online if u search google.
Comment by Henrik Stangebye-Hansen on October 17, 2010 at 2:02am
The only truth is the one you create.
Comment by michael alaska on October 16, 2010 at 3:22pm
j.j. hurtak

from the post below
Comment by michael alaska on October 16, 2010 at 3:09pm
Comment by ancestralblue on October 15, 2010 at 10:25am
Yes...truth is based on question and the deep desire to know. Without that question no answer will EVER do. The question provides the open doorway otherwise no truth can find a home.
We live in a world that's full of different ways to stimulate that question and it waits for us to become aware enough to want to know.
And even then...there's the "circles within circles" principle. What was true today may morph and reveal somthing completely opposite tomorrow and we must morph right along with it. can do that yet again taking us in yet another direction.
But we have to WANT to know. That wanting is the most important criteria.

Comment by ॐBlessedॐ on October 14, 2010 at 11:07am
when the disciple is ready, the master will appear. meaning when you truly desire to KNOW above all things, you will be shown. seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you. pick up your cross and desire truth above earthly desires.
Comment by SammiG on October 13, 2010 at 11:37pm
Truths are not something that you can teach to another. Because one person says it to another does not make it your truth. Truths are something you have to discover yourself and you will know with every bit of your essence. Like he knew he needed the air, that was the truth.
Comment by Michael John on October 13, 2010 at 1:44pm
There are other ways this can be interpreted as well. For example, air and water are both essential, both are true and without one nothing would exist. Photosynthesis - the life giving process - requires both water and air.
Comment by Michael John on October 13, 2010 at 1:41pm
You already have it, but because you don't realize it you seek what you think you need.

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