“Do you realise you will have to unlearn all that you have learnt start from Square One?” asked Bruce Lee to a person wanting to learn the martial arts.
The man responded, “no.”
Bruce smiled and placed his hand lightly on his shoulder. “let me tell you a story my sifu (master) told me. it is about a Japanese Zen master who received a University professor wanting to know about Zen. The professor carelessly talked about himself and his opinions. the master perceived that the professor was not so much interested in learning about Zen as he was in impressing him with his own opinions and knowledge. the master listened patiently and finally suggested they have tea. the master poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring. the professor watched the cup overflowing until he could no longer restrain himself, ‘the cup is over full, no more will go in,’ he said.
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the master said, like this Cup you are full of your opinions and speculation (thoughts). how can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?
Bruce study the man’s face.”You understand the point?”
“Yes. You want me to empty my mind of the arrogance of the knowledge I have so that I can learn.”
This is the first story, let me tell you second story. Do here we start :-
A man approached a guru (master) for knowledge.
“How long will it take?” He enquired.
“One month,”the guru replied.
“But I already know the following things.”the man started rattling off a lost of what he knew.”
“Then it will take one year!” The guru replied calmly.
“But you said only a month a minute ago!”
“Young man, after having told me what you know I will first have to empty your cup before imparting the redeeming knowledge.”
So, as long as we are ‘full’ we perceive things through our own attitudes and beliefs. This hampers us from receiving the guru’s knowledge.
Socrates, the great father of philosophy, believed and preached, there is one thing I know, that I know nothing.”
Try emptying your cup and you will learn tremendously. You will find room for improvement in the academic, social, and spiritual aspect of your life.
The principle rule to learning and imbibing is humanity and emptying oneself of all airs.
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