If you see any status-conscious, pompous, egoistic snobs around you, please tell them this story:
Keichu, the great Zen teacher of the Meiji era, was the head of Tofuku, a cathedral in Kyoto.
One day the Governor of Kyoto called on him for the first time.
His attendant presented the visiting card of the Governor, which read:
GOVERNOR OF KYOTO
“I have no business with such a fellow,” said Keichu to his attendant, “Tell him to get out of here.”
The attendant carried the card back to the Governor with apologies.
“That was my error,” said the Governor, and with a pencil he scratched out the words GOVERNOR OF KYOTO, gave the card back to the attendant and said to him, “Take this card to your teacher and ask him again if he would please give me an audience.”
“Oh, it’s that Kitagaki?” exclaimed the teacher when he saw the card, “I want to see that fellow. Send him in.”
So that’s the secret – just DROP YOUR EGO.
Why is everyone so obsessed with rank, status, wealth and other egoistic trappings?
Just imagine, when everyone drops their ego, the world will become such a wonderful and friendly place to live in.