The Master once told the story of a priceless antique bowl that fetched a
fortune at a public auction. It had been used by a tramp who ended his days
in poverty, quite unaware of the value of the bowl with which he begged for
When a disciple asked the Master what the bowl stood for, the Master said,
Asked to elaborate, he said, "All your attention is focused on the penny
knowledge you collect from books and teachers. You would do better to pay
attention to the bowl in which you hold it."