An old monk was meditating quietly by the side of a country road when a soldier walked by.
“Kind sir,” said the soldier, “I can see by your peaceful demeanor that you are indeed an enlightened master. Please tell me: What is heaven? What is hell?”
The monk shouted, “You imbecile! I could never teach someone so ignorant and cowardly as yourself!”
Upon hearing these words, the soldier became enraged. He drew his sword and raised it above his head, poised to cut the monk’s head off.
“That is hell,” said the monk quietly.
The soldier, realizing what he was about to do, lowered his sword and placed it at the monk’s feet. He put his hands together and bowed down to the monk.
“Please forgive me, master,” he said.
“That is heaven,” said the monk.