|A young man came to a sage one day and asked, "Sire,
what must I do to become wise?" The sage vouchsafed
no answer. The youth after repeating his question a number
of times, with a like result, at last left him, to return
the next day with the same question. Again no answer was
given and the youth returned on the third day, still repeating
his question, "Sire, what must I do to become wise?"
Finally the 'sage turned and went down to a near-by
river. He entered the water, bidding the youth follow him.
Upon arriving at a sufficient depth the sage took the young
man by the shoulders and held him under the water, despite
his struggles to free himself. At last, however, he released
him and when the youth had regained his breath the sage