One day two students of the teacher Chang Hu came to his home. They sat down at the table as they should. And Chang Hu put a golden cup in front of one of his students, and in front of the other student he put an old and cleaved jar. Both the cup and the jar were filled with water. – Help yourself, – Chang Hu said.
The student who got the golden cup drank the water and with gratitude bowed to his former teacher. The student, whom the old jar was given to, looked at the teacher with reproof and asked:
– Tell me honourable Chang Hu, do you treat your former students so differently, that you offer one of them to drink water from a golden cup and for other one – from an old and cleaved jar? After so much time spent learning from you, I still can’t tell whom you prefer more? Chang Hu smiled and said:
– My dear students, the golden cup, that is stored in my house for many years, I place before the most honoured guests. Not everyone is allowed to drink from it, because it is a valuable thing. But I myself never use this cup. However, every day I drink water from my favourite old jar that faithfully serves me for so many years. This jar is valuable to my heart. I know every crack and cleavage on it. So, my dear students, how I treat both of you, only you can decide. But remember one thing – in this house I don’t have any dishes apart from a golden cup and a cleaved jar. And into both of them, I simply pour water.