The following is extracted from the little book on Zen that I consult from time to time, as one never knows when its lessons may prove of some use. ===== A famous soldier came to the master Hakuin and asked: "Master is there really a heaven and a hell?" "Who are you?" asked Hakuin. "I an a soldier of the great Emperor's personal guard." "Nonsense!" said Hakuin. "What kind of emperor would have you around him?" "To me you look like a beggar!" At this, the soldier started to rattle his big sword in anger. "Oho!" said Hakuin. " So you have a sword! I'll wager its much to dull to cut my head off." At this the soldier could not hold himself back, he drew his sword and threatened the master, who said: "Now you are opening the gates of hell!" The soldier drew back, sheathed his sword, and bowed. Now you know the other half" said the master. "You have opened the gates of heaven" - "Zen Buddhism" published by Peter Pauper Press.