Once I was climbing a mountain and as I passed through the forest and streams, I came upon a beautiful purple flower with crimson stamen. I had never seen such a flower before and its perfect symmetry, flawless colours and fragrance made me pause. Why are you so beautiful little flower and so fragrant so captivating? I asked. I don’t know my friend, the flower replied, perhaps it is my nature to be so. What good is your beauty when there is no one to see you and appreciate or praise you? I asked. I don’t know my friend, the flower replied, perhaps it is not necessary to be seen or appreciated or praised to be your true nature. But you have seen and appreciated and praised me now so I am grateful my friend. Thank you for coming along, and I am sure you will carry me within your heart for the rest of your journey. I bowed to the flower as my first master and continued climbing.
Soon I found a magnificent lake, overflowing with the clearest spring water, gurgling and dancing without restrain. I drank from it and quenched my thirst. Why are you so majestic and soul sustaining? I asked the lake. I don’t know my friend, the lake replied, perhaps it is my nature to be so. But what purpose you serve when those you serve never knows you exist? I asked. I don’t know my friend, lake replied, perhaps serving one’s own true purpose is independent of recognition or appreciation. But you came along and drank my water and you recognized my nature and appreciated so I am grateful to you and I am sure you will carry me within your heart for the rest of your journey. I bowed to the lake as my second master and continued to climb.
I finally reached the top of the mountain caked in ice with the chilling wind cutting through my bones. I paid homage to my ultimate Master, the mountain. We were old friends and we had met before upon countless summits strewn around the globe. My restless mind was calm even though my heart galloped like a wild steed and I felt no more desire to seek or ask. My true nature was to climb and the purpose needed no explanation or affirmation. I didn’t care if no one knew I was here or never returned. I was exactly where I should be doing exactly what my nature dictates and for the purpose that I was born. There was no more need to explain, understand or affirm. All I needed to be was just be. I bowed to my third master and went down.