WHY WE TELL STORIES
There was once a disciple of a great Guru.
Day after day the disciple would sit at the feet of his teacher
absorbing his instruction.
Many people would come to visit
and inevitably the teacher would engage them
by telling a story.
One day the disciple asked;
"Guruji, why do you engage people by means of stories?
Why don't you just give them your teaching straight out?"
The teacher answered
"Bring me some water."
Now the disciple knew his teacher to be a very formal and disciplined man.
He had never asked for water at this time of the day.
Nevertheless, he went immediately to fetch it.
Taking a clean brass waterpot from the ashram kitchen,
the disciple went to the well,
filled the pot with water and returned.
He offered it to his teacher who then spoke
"Why have you brought me a pot
when I asked only for water?"