Every day, at 4 am, Brother Daniel would be the first to rise in the monastery. He did so out of choice, and was proud to do so. Whilst his teacher and all of his brothers slept peacefully, Brother Daniel busily exerted great effort in his prayer, study and meditation. Enlightenment was his goal.
Every day, Brother Daniel would pray longer and louder for enlightenment. He worked hard at improving his physical posture for meditation, and, above all, he would labour to memorise all of the ancient spiritual texts at the monastery. Rarely, if ever, did Brother Daniel rest, eat or sleep, for he wanted to get to enlightenment and he wanted to get there fast.
Brother Daniel liked to meditate and pray, but most of all he immersed himself in scriptures. Brother Daniel liked to be quiet and still, but he rarely had time for he found there was always so much to do. Brother Daniel liked the silence, but he would rather hear his teacher talk of the silence.
Brother Daniel's teacher, a gentle, peaceful man, who was always smiling, would encourage him to slow down, enjoy the sun and watch the grass grow. But Brother Daniel was too keen and in too much of a hurry to heed the advice.
"Why do you rush, speed and hurry so?" his teacher asked.
"I am after enlightenment," said Brother Daniel.
"When will you get there?" his teacher smiled.
"Oh, one more prayer perhaps, my next meditation hopefully, or an act of service maybe," replied Brother Daniel.
"Why are you so sure enlightenment is running on ahead of you?" asked his teacher. "Perhaps if you stood still awhile, you would find enlightenment is here right now - but you are too busy running away from it!"
- Author Unknown -