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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
A man had walked for miles across bare desert and through thick jungle to find a Guru.
Upon arriving, he walked straight up to the Guru – “Master, I have given up everything and travelled miles across deserts and through jungles to be here with you”.
The Guru asked – “What is that pack that lies upon your back”?
The man replied – “This is the last of my belongings Master, this is all I have left in the world, I have nothing else”.
The Guru stated – “You arrive with a pack on your back and the need to tell me all you have done to get here. You claim to have given up everything and yet your claim alone means something as you offer it to me with meaning. If you have all your belongings with you, then you have everything and I have nothing to give to you”.
The Guru turned and walked away from the man.
The man was confused. “But what can I do now Master, I have nothing left” ?
The Guru stopped, turned back and said – “In return for all you say you have done, I will say this advice. Leave this place and return only when you have nothing to give me. When you have no pack on your back and no claims of what you have done for me, only then will you have nothing in this world. For it is only when you truly experience having nothing, that you will truly appreciate everything".
And the Moral of the story is:
To truly know one thing, you must also know its opposite.