A Spiritual Master sat in prayerful meditation on the river bank when a disciple bent down to place two enormous pearls at his feet, a token of reverence and devotion.
The Spiritual Master opened his eyes, lifted one of the pearls and held it so carelessly that it slipped out of his hand and rolled down the bank into the river.
The horrified disciple plunged in after it but, though he dived in again and again till late evening, he had no luck.
Finally, all wet and exhausted, he roused his master from his prayerful meditation: ”You saw where it fell. Show me the spot so I can get it back for you.”
The Elder lifted the other pearl, threw it into the river and said, ”Right there!”
Do not attempt to possess things for things cannot really be possessed. Only make sure you are not possessed by them and you will be the sovereign of creation.