The master asked his disciples: “How do we know when the night is over and the day has arrived?”
The disciples pondered the master’s question. One answered: “Master, night is over and day arrives
when you can see a house in the distance and determine if that’s your house or the house of your neighbor.”
Another disciple responded: “Night is over and day arrives when you can see an animal in the field and
determine if it belongs to you or to your neighbor.” A third disciple offered: “Night is over and day has arrived
when you can see a flower in the garden and distinguish its color.” “No, no, no,” thundered the master.
“Why must you see only in separations, only in distinctions, only in disjunctions? No.” “Night is over and day
arrives when you look into the face of the person beside you and you can see that she is your sister, he is your brother.
That you belong to each other. That you are one. Then, and only then, will you know that night has ended and day has arrived.”