Buddha reached the gate of heaven. Of course, the people there were
waiting. They opened the door, they welcomed him, but
he turned his back towards the door looked at the world -- millions of
souls on the same path, struggling, in misery, in anguish,
striving to reach this gate of heaven and bliss.
The doorkeeper said, "Come in, please. We have been waiting for you"
Buddha said, "How can I come when others have not reached? It doesn't seem
to be the right time. How can I enter when
the whole has not yet entered? I will have to wait. It is just as if my
hands has reached into the door and my feet have not
reached yet. I will have to wait. Just the hand cannot enter alone."