Mania - - Wired -

a A man is driv­ing down the road and his car breaks down near “My car tem­ple. He goes to the tem­ple, knocks on the door, and says, broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?” and The tem­ple’s monks gra­ciously ac­cept him, feed him din­ner, a strange even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears doesn’t sound. A sound un­like any­thing he’s ever heard be­fore. He what could sleep that night. He tosses and turns try­ing to fig­ure out pos­si­bly be mak­ing such a beau­ti­ful sound. but they The next morn­ing, he asks the monks what the sound was, man is say, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.” Dis­traught, the forced to leave. the man Years later, after never be­ing able to for­get that sound, The monks goes back to the tem­ple and pleads for the an­swer again. re­ply, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.” We shall The monks re­ply, “Con­grat­u­la­tions, you have be­come a monk. now show you the way to the mys­tery of the sa­cred sound.” that The man says, “If the only way I can find out what is mak­ing a monk.” beau­ti­ful sound is to be­come a monk, then please, make me many The monks re­ply, “You must travel the Earth and tell us how of sand. blades of grass there are and the ex­act num­ber of grains The man When you find these an­swers, you will have be­come a monk.” as a grey­sets about his task. After years of search­ing he re­turns an­swers haired old man and knocks on the door of the tem­ple. A monk and he is taken be­fore a gath­er­ing of all the monks. monk The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head the key, says, “The sound is beyond that door.” The monks give him door made and he opens the door. Be­hind the wooden door is an­other opens it, of stone. The man is given the key to the stone door and he keys only to find a door made of ruby. And so it went that he needed to a door to doors of emer­ald, pearl and di­a­mond. Fi­nally, they come def­i­nite. made of solid gold. The sound has be­come very clear and man is The monks say, “This is the last key to the last door.” The hands, he ner­vous. His life’s wish is be­hind that door! With trem­bling open. un­locks the door, turns the knob, and slowly pushes the door source of Fall­ing to his knees, he is ut­terly amazed to dis­cover the that haunt­ing and beau­ti­ful sound… But, of course, I can’t tell you what it is – be­cause you’re not a monk!

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