Thursday, December 17, 2015

What Is Inside the Drum?

There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. 

He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did.

Various well-wishers were asked to do something about the child.

  • The first told the boy if he continued to make so much noise he would perforate his eardrums.

  • The second told him drum beating was a sacred activity and should be carried out only on special occasions.

  • The third offered the neighbors plugs for their ears.

  • The fourth gave the boy a book.

  • The fifth gave the neighbors a method to control anger through biofeedback.

  • The sixth gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and explained that all reality is imagination.

Each of these remedies worked for a short while, but none for long.

Eventually, a Sufi came along. He looked at the situation, handed the boy a hammer and chisel, and said, “I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?”