Once Master Joshu said to his students, “During one of my expeditions, when I visited a shrine, the head monk of it lifted his fist before my face, and I said, ‘The water here is too shallow for a ship to dock’. When I went to another shrine, the head monk of it also lifted his fist before my face, and I said, ‘The water here is deep enough for a big ship to dock’”.
Student: “Why did Master Joshu distinguish the two head monks from each other by saying the former was inferior to the latter even though both performed the same action?”
Master: “Because Joshu was so exhausted from his long journey that he spoke deliriously.”
Make the smallest distinction and you will be as far apart from the truth as heaven is from earth.
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