"I am in desperate need of help -- or I'll go crazy. We're living in a
single room -- my wife, my children and my in-laws. So our nerves are on
edge, we yell and scream at one another. The room is a hell."
"Do you promise to do whatever I tell you?" said the Master gravely.
"I swear I shall do anything."
"Very well. How many animals do you have?"
"A cow, a goat and six chickens."
"Take them all into the room with you. Then come back after a week."
The disciple was appalled. But he had promised to obey! So he took the
animals in. A week later he came back, a pitiable figure, moaning, "I'm a
nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench! The noise! We're all on the verge of
"Go back," said the Master, "and put the animals out."
The man ran all the way home. And came back the following day, his eyes
sparkling with joy. "How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is
a Paradise, so quiet and clean and roomy!"