One of them wanted to learn the ‘ektara’, to increase his expertise.
The other musician, to express his expertise, started talking about the ektara.
He said ” The ektara is a beautiful instrument. If you want to learn how to play it , you must first learn how to tune the string. Make it too loose and it will not sound desirable, make it too tight and it will break.”
He concluded by repeating “not too tight, not too loose”
Buddha left his meditation and jumped up to stand. It was almost like someone had told him something unbelievable.
He had realized the secret to happiness or ‘moksha’.
Like the string for the ektara, too much or too little of anything is the reason for most sorrow.
Be it money, love, knowledge or even life. This philosophy gave birth to the idea of ‘madhyama marga‘ or the middle path.
How many such opportunities have we missed, is anybody’s guess.
Source: Public Domain - Abridged and rewritten from Upanishands (Compiled by Abhinandan Chatterjee)