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Door Monks

Subject: Door Monks

[from "-Nancy"  ]

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes
to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do
you  think I could stay the night?" The monks graciously accept him,
feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he
hears a  strange sound. The next morning, he asks the monks what the
sound was, but  they say, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk." The
man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way.

Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same
monastery.  The monks again accept him, feed him, even fix his car. That
night, he hears  the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier.
The next morning, he asks what it is, but the monks reply, "We can't
tell you. You're not a monk."

The man says, "All right, all right. I'm dying to know. If the only way
I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become
a monk?"

The monks reply, "You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades
of  grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find
these numbers, you will become a monk." The man sets about his task.
Forty-five  years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the
monastery. He says, "I  have traveled the earth and have found what you
have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and
231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth."

The monks reply, "Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show
you the way to the sound." The monks lead the man to a wooden door,
where  the head monk says, "The sound is right behind that door." The
man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He says, "Real funny.
May I have the key?" The monks give him the key, and he opens the door.
Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone. The man demands
the key to the stone door. The monks give him the key, and he opens it,
only to find a door made  of ruby.  He demands another key from the
monks, who provide it. Behind that door is another door, this one made
of sapphire. So it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald,
silver, topaz, amethyst. Finally, the  monks say, "This is the last key
to the last door."  The man is relieved to no end. He unlocks the door,
turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of
that strange sound.

But I can't tell you what it is because you're not a monk.


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