koan #1

Water heats gradually
and boils suddenly.

We cannot force the natural course of events; everything happens in its ‘right’ time. The process is gradual, and hence may appear slow to us as we are often too impatient with expectations, but the change takes place within an instant.

Similarly, awakening can not be forced,  but may be encouraged; just like a seed which sprouts naturally when the right conditions prevail.