The teacher and the student

Once a teacher said to a particular student, “You have to form a sentence or a few sentences containing the words ‘something’ and ‘everything’.”

The student thought for a long time. He said, “I am finding it difficult to form a sentence using both ‘something’ and ‘everything’.”

The teacher said, “I will help you out in case you cannot do it.”

The young boy finally gave his answer: “An executive is he who is supposed to know something of everything.”

The teacher clapped enthusiastically for the student.

Then the young boy gave another example: “A technician is he who knows something perfectly, whereas a barber is he who knows everything imperfectly.”

The teacher was very happy.

Finally the student said, “There is something of truth in the statement: ‘A lawyer ruins everything’. There is more truth in the statement: ‘A doctor butchers everything’. And there is one hundred per cent truth in the statement: ‘My little dog eats up everything’.”

The teacher was so thrilled with her brilliant student. She said, “I did not know all these things. I am the one who posed the question, but you have answered it to my full satisfaction.”

Sri Chinmoy, Life’s bleeding tears and flying smiles, part 4.First published by Agni Press in 2001.

This is the 1377th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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