Tao story: Strike the bell hard with faith
A new disciple asks his Tao master, “How can I get myself ready for the training?”
“Think of me a bell,” says the master. “Tap me softly, you get a tiny ding. Strike me hard, and you receive a loud and roaring chime.”
Tao is like a bell, and faith its clapper. Strike Tao with faith, and the connection reverberates music of the universe. The harder you strike, the more resonant and beautiful the melody of vibration.
“If you open yourself to the Tao,
the Tao will eagerly welcome you.
If you open yourself to virtue,
virtue will become a part of you.
If you open yourself to loss,
the lost are glad to see you.
When you do not trust people,
people will become untrustworthy.”
Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching Chapter 23 Translated by J H McDonald
Thanks to David Boocock for the picture.