The Rabbi and the Student

We do not know the origin of this story or when we came across it. It is meaningful to all people of all religions and those with no religion as well.

A young Jewish student living in the New World hears about a famous rabbi in the Old World. The student avidly reads the rabbi's works. Greatly taken up by this teacher, he sets off for the Old World to seek the rabbi in person and learn directly from him. After a long journey, the student reaches the town and walks up the street to a big house. He thinks that the house is suitably big for a rabbi of this stature. The student knocks on the door and is directed by an old lady to go up to the top floor of the house. He reaches the top floor and knocks on an old door. The door opens and the young man is greeted by an old man, the rabbi. The rabbi is dressed in very simple, worn clothes and he greets the young man warmly as he invites him in. The young man looks around in amazement as there is nothing in the small bare room except for an old worn bed, a table, and a chair. He sees no personal belongings, paintings, knick knacks, nothing. He cries out to the rabbi that you are a famous teacher of great stature, so where are all your belongings, all the things that a man of your standing has? The old rabbi looks kindly at the young student and asks him where his belongings are as he sees none on the young man. The young one says that he is traveling, in fact, has traveled a long way, and cannot possibly carry his belongings. The old rabbi, with a twinkle in his eye, says gently that he is also traveling and has been traveling a long way, and cannot possibly carry any belongings.