Heaven and Hell

A samurai came to see a famous teacher, hoping to become his student. He asked:

“Master, perhaps you could tell me about heaven and hell?”

The old master simply said to him:

“Why should I bother? Somebody as stupid as you could never understand!”

The samurai was seized by rage at this insulting old man and drew his sword to strike the man down.

“That is hell!” said the master.

Realizing he had been given a great lesson, the samurai sheathed his sword and bowed deeply in gratitude

“And that is heaven!”, said the master

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