Here’re the questions:
1: “What is the SHARPEST thing in this world?”
His people responded: “The Sword.”
He: “The sharpest is the “human tongue.” Because with the tongue, humans easily hurt the hearts, feelings…of people.”
2: What is the MOST distant from us in this world?
Some said: “Space, the moon, the sun.”
He: “The most distant is the “Past”. Whoever we are, whatever may be our station in life, there’s no going back in time.”
3: What is BIGGEST thing in this world?
Someone replied: “Mountain, Earth, Sun.”
He: “The biggest thing in the world is “Lust”. Many humans become wretched by their indulgence in their lusts. All means are justified in order to realize the lusts of this world.”
4: “What is the HARDEST (and has the MOST WEIGHT) in this world?
They: “Steel, iron, elephant.”
He: “The hardest thing is to “promise” – easy to say but extremely hard to do.”
5: “What is LIGHTEST thing in this world?
They: “Cotton, wind, dust, leaves.”
He: “The lightest in the world is humility, hence it is easiest to lose/forget.”
6: What is CLOSEST to us in this world?
They: “Parents, Friends, Relatives.”
He: “The closest to us is “DEATH”. Because death is SURE and can happen any second.”
7: What’s the EASIEST thing to do in this world?
They replied: “Eating, sleeping, hanging out”
Gautama Buddha answered: “The easiest is to break someone’s heart.”
Source: Thru FB (Usha Narayanan) and image from pbs.org
He asked the old man for some advice.
The old man turned to him: ‘Have you ever washed utensils?’
What an odd thing to ask! Mildly irritated he said, ‘Yes, what of it?’
‘What did you learn?’
‘What is there to learn from it? All that one does is to scrub it clean.’
The old man smiled at him: ‘Yes, you’re right…but it’s done harder on the inside than on the outside.’
Source: Strictly not a word-by-word translation of the original from Pinterest, possibly a zen story.