Illustration: Complaints

An aspiring Yogi wanted to find a Guru. He went to an Ashram and his preceptor told him, "You can stay here, but we have one important rule: All students observe a vow of silence. You will be allowed to speak in 12 years."

After practicing for 12 long years, the day came when the student could say his one thing or ask his one question. He said: "The bed is too hard."

He kept going for another 12 years of austere discipline, meditation and silence and finally got the opportunity to speak again. He said: "The food is not good."

Twelve more years of hard work and he got to speak again. Here are his words after 36 years of practice: "I quit."

His Guru quickly answered: "Good, all you have been doing anyway is complaining."