Violin Guy & Koan Nr. 12.

Via on Feb 18, 2012

The Koan: Zuigan Calls Himself “Master” goes something like this…

Every day Zuigan used to call out to himself, “Master?” He would respond, “Yes?” He would then ask himself, “Are you awake?” and would answer “Yes.” He would then ask, “Are you really awake? Don’t be fooled, not now, not ever.”
A man sat in DC metro during rush hour and started to play the violin. He played six Bach pieces for 45 minutes on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Who stopped to notice it was Joshua Bell, one of the most known violinists?
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Stop and hear the music. Are you awake? Are you really awake?            Don’t be fooled, not now, not ever.

Read more about Gene Weingarten’s story in The Washington Post: here.

About Tanya Lee Markul

Yoga Editor, Elephant Journal. I yoga, write, take photos and I investigate existentially. I got a thing for those who have found expression through some form of mastery or artistic fashion, and sincerity. (You set me free I set you). I adore anything that is equally cute and creepy. The most special ingredient you can find, be and put into anything is: yourself. Remember, everything you want, you already have and are. Look within. The more you use it, the more it will grow. For more randomness and love, visit me at Rebelle Lotus and, you don't want to miss the creative rebellion at Rebelle Society. Join us.


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10 Responses to “Violin Guy & Koan Nr. 12.”

  1. Love this Tanya! We all could wake up a little more.

  2. Katherine says:

    I think maybe people just don't like Bach that much anymore. :o)

  3. karlsaliter says:

    I'm sorry, what? I was asleep.
    Nice idea, putting these two together, Tanya.
    Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

  4. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    Beautiful story. I'd heard it before but never with Bach in the background. Thanks!

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  6. Eric says:

    One person recognizes him, but her comment was very sweet (and he probably made like, $.77 in change :)

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