The Monk

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, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound; a sound like no other that he has ever heard. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, We can’t tell you because 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, and even fix his car..

That night, he hears the same strange mesmerizing sound that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning, he asks what the sound was, but the monks reply,

We can’t tell you because 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. Some forty-five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, I have travelled the earth and devoted my life to the task demanded and have found what you had asked for. There are 371,145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth.

The monks reply, “Congratulations, you are correct, and you are now considered 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 behind that door.

The man reach for the knob, but the door is locked. He asks “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 requests 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. And so it went on until the man had gone through doors of emerald,……silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, This is the key to the last door.

The man is relieved to be at the end. He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is astonished to find the source of that strange sound. It is truly an amazing and unbelievable sight.

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

27 Responses to “The Monk”

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  1. hehe
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    You got me! Damn! Hahahahahaha I laughed my ass out though :P.

  2. Russell Davison
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    And you got me too. I travelled all the way through your story wondering, at every paragraph, what the punch line could be.

  3. Russ
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    You got me Steve. My mind wandered through a lot of things that it could be. I am a dirty old man so you can imagine some of my thoughts.LOL

  4. Comedy Plus
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    Bwahahahahahahahaha. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to get to know the answer. Bwahahahahaha.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  5. Steve says:

    Okay now, enough monk-eying around. What was behind the door?

    Have a great day!
    Steve aka Da Dude

  6. Anu @ New Trends
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    I would say it’s a great trick to turn a man into a monk…. Beware of monks!!!!! 😉

  7. Looks like I will have to use my imgination, which probably isn’t a good thing! Either that or I better get out there and start counting blades of grass and sand pebbles

  8. Don E. Chute
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    B2– Yes I concur, that one got me!

    You got a million of em’…

    Happy Trails.

  9. Mike Golch
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    Good one.

  10. Art of RetroCollage
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    OK, ya got me!

  11. LOL. The sound must me THAT mesmerizing or the man is just TOO curious. Thanks for the laugh… 🙂

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    You are so mean! LOL! That’s a good one. I read every single word of it..huh… 😛

  13. Ana Admi says:

    hahaha..beware of 🙂

  14. Lainy says:

    LOL! You are so baddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd, Steveeeee! You got me on that one, hahahahahaha!

  15. Enfotainer says:

    Leh…That was a real good trick Steve.