Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era.
When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.
His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:
“Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desire to turn into a walking dictionary for others.
There is no end to information and commentation, glory and honour.
I wish you would stop this lecture business.
Shut yourself up in a little temple in a remote part of the mountain.
Devote your time to meditation and in this way attain true realization.”
Jiun followed the advice seriously and won over life.
Zen principle: Success, Honor and Pride can easily misdirect anyone from their pursuit of true bliss or happiness.