Another beautiful story is about a Zen master who was accused of impregnating a young maiden who lived in the village. When the angry parents and villagers ran to him in rage and anger, he simply replied, “Is that so?” When the baby arrived 9 months later, the parents angrily came to him and shouted, “This is your baby, YOU raise him.” Without any rash emotion, he simply replied, “Is that so?” He raised the child as his own, and begged for food and milk for the child. A year later, the young maiden confessed that the Zen Master was not the father after all, and the real father was the young boy who lived next door. The two young people had conspired this to avoid the punishment that would have received.
So, in shame, the parents of the young maiden returned to the Zen Master and apologized profusely and asked for the child back. The Zen Master had grown to love the child as his own, but when confronted with the situation, simply gave the child back to the family and replied, “Is that so?”
The peace and acceptance with “What Is” is what all of us should strive for. The true Master responds to the good and bad, in the same way. The true master responds to powerful people and powerless people in the same way. He does not become a participant in human drama. The events in his life are not personalized. He does not identify himself with anything or anybody. Thus, he become free of the upcoming events in his life, and his mind is in deep waters, not on the surface of the ocean, where winds and sharp waves traverse.