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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 reaches 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.



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