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Dot 45: Concentration and Target achievement

Posted by Praveen on October 14, 2013 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)


There is martial art in Japan. We call it “ZEN”. In the ZEN Literature the teacher is known as “ZEN Master”. This story is also linked to the same. A very young student of martial art approached his ZEN Master. He had an eagerness know how soon he will be an expert of this martial art. He asked his master, “If I will work with full concentration how fast can I also become ZEN Master?” The ZEN Master thought for a moment as to why this boy is asking such a question and soon he understood the motive behind. He answered after a well thought, “Ten years.”


The boy thought this period is too long. There should be solution to reduce this time period. So he again asked, “ If I work very hard and try to learn very fast, then how much time will it take?” ZEN Master smiled. “Twenty years”. The boy was surprised to see the increasing period. He posed the question again with more force, “ If I really work hard, day and night, then how much time will it take?” ZEN Master became little serious and replied, “Thirty years”.


“Thirty years”. The boy got disappointed after listening to it. He asked ZEN Master, “ But sir, I fail to understand, why the time period is increasing even if I am ready to put in more hard work and effort?” Then ZEN Master replied with a smile, “ Son, your one eye is still on the achievement of the target. And you will be only working with your one eye.


If you work hard will all your concentration, the results will follow you. You have control on your actions, however results are the outcome of your action.