Prayer the Gods Answered
Man prayed long and hard every day in the temple to the gods: “Make me rich!”
And every day left the temple just as poor as when he had gone in.
But one cold winter’s day, returned home from the temple, walking by the frozen river, saw a bag of gold frozen in ice.
Thanked gods for answering his prayer!
Only then saw he had no tools to get through the ice at the gold.
Oh, yes he did! Took out his penis, peed onto ice to thaw it.
Thawed enough to get a hold of one corner of the bag. Started pulling it for all he was worth.
Suddenly woke up, found himself in a wet bed, pulling on his own penis.
The gods had answered …
A German friend, Hans-Werner, told me this Zen story.
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