The Professor and the Tea
Later that afternoon, Prem watched with interest as a distinguished gentleman entered the temple. "That's a professor from the university," one of the students whispered to Prem. "He is here to learn from our master."
Prem watched as the master greeted the professor and invited him to tea. The professor sat down and began to tell the master about the courses he taught. The master listened politely, and slowly began to pour the tea.
The professor was delighted to have such a distinguished listener, and talked more and more. The master continued to listen and continued to pour the tea. Finally, the tea flowed over the rim of the professor's cup and spilled onto the table.
"Stop, stop! What are you doing?" the professor sputtered as he jumped away from the table. "Can't you see my cup is full?"
"Just as your cup cannot hold any more tea when it is full, I cannot give you any knowledge when your mind is full," said the master.
The mind must be open to receive.
Prem's Adventures is the presentation of forty fables and teaching tales from around the world woven into the context of a child's journey. Unique in fable literature, each fable contributes to the plot yet is freestanding and provides its own insight.
The adventure is told in four books of ten fables each. The fables represent Buddhist, Taoist, Zen, Sufi, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, African, Native American, and New Thought traditions.
The fables have been selected to present a comprehensive set of morals and concepts, ranging from Western values of self-reliance to Eastern values of oneness. Together they provide forty reflective moments that can serve as a valuable foundation for any reader on a path of personal growth.
About the Author
Linda Look, a longtime fan of fable literature, is retired from a career in public policy research in Washington, DC. Now living in Wilmington, North Carolina, she is also the developer of the Cosmic Karma Game.