Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
(continued from yesterday…)
The next day the farmer arrived empty handed in the king’s hall. The king quickly asked, “Well, farmer, where is my food?”
“I’m sorry Your Majesty. It will be ready soon, I promise, but you must still keep our bargain.”
The next day the farmer again returned empty handed. This time the king was furious. “Where is my food?” the king screamed. The farmer replied, his head bowed low, “Oh, Your Majesty, I’m still preparing.
“Still preparing?!” the king retorted. “I’m starving and you’re still preparing?”
“I assure you this is the most fabulous food you’ve ever tasted,” the farmer pleaded. “If you’ll only wait one more day, it will be ready.”
It was going on three days and the king still hadn’t eaten. Although he was angry and hungry, he was so anxious to relieve his boredom he decided to go one more day. “All right,” the king agreed. “One more day.”
The next day the king awoke very early, his whole body filled with anticipation. He could think of nothing but the farmer’s mysterious dish. When the time came near for the farmer to arrive, it was all he could do to contain his excitement.
Finally, from beyond his hall the king heard the light footsteps of the farmer entering. His nose reached out and picked up the most divine of smells. His whole body reverberated with incredible sensations of pleasure and delight. As the farmer drew near, the king could feel his mouth salivating and his stomach grumbling as his entire attention was focused on the farmer’s simple porcelain bowl and its precious cargo.