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By Prof. Jorge Raul Olguin. (Spiritual Soke)

"The young man Huang was proud of being disciple of the famous Tse-Liu, but that day he had studied from dawn and he had not tasted any morsel yet.

In the Evening, he approached to his illustrious Master and he told him: - Master, I am hungry.

The Master answered him: - I am a Master of Wisdom, not a cuisine Master. Besides that is an unworthy manifestation of a free spirit.

Then Huang said to him: - Master, I have it clear that my spirit is free, but my stomach is not aware of that.

- Enough! – interjected Tse-Liu – You must leave right now from this school. I am very disgusted of the spiritual level that this dialogue reached – and he dismissed the young man.

With his heart broken into pieces, since he appreciated the good teaching he received up until then, Huang departed to earn his bread.

The time passed, Huang worked hardly. He began to prosper and after a few years, he had two houses, a wife, three children, four farms and many animals.

One night during a hard winter, somebody knocked weakly at the door. Huang himself opened the door and he brought in to whom was knocking.

In front of him there was a man of advanced age, with his face splashed by the snow, haggard and covered with rags.

- Come in to my house – offered Huang: - Who are you?

The old man did not hesitate and said: - "I am Tse-Liu and I have come to receive the teachings that you want to give me."

This is one of the stories of "Master Wu’s Book" and it has several interpretations. One of them explains that every teaching is mutual, otherwise, it’s incomplete. Because as well as the disciple learns the teachings of his Master; this one also learns from his disciple. If it were not like this, the circuit of communication would be interrupted and Ego would take control of the Master, provoking that he be invaded by arrogance and he will only listen to his own reasoning.

Remember that "He who knows how to listen, is the one that teaches better".

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