A man was staring under the eaves when it was raining; and the Guanyin Bodhisattva passed by with an umbrella in hand.
He called: “They all say that Bodhisattva has universal compassion. Would you please take me for a while under your umbrella?”
Guanyin replied: “I am in the rain, you are under the eaves where there is no rain. You do not need me to help.”
The man jumped out of the eaves into the rain: “Now I am in the rain, should I go with you now?”
Guanyin said: “You and I are both in the rain. I am not drenched because of my umbrella; you are drenched because of no umbrella. So it is not me who saved me but the umbrella. If you want to be helped, please find an umbrella yourself!” Then he left.
The next day, the man encountered further difficulties and went to the temple to pray.
When he walked into the temple, he discovered that there was another person praying in front of the bronze statue of Guanyin Bodhisattva.
Even stranger, that person and the bronze statue looked exactly the same.
He asked: “Are you Guanyin?”
“I am Guanyin.”
“Why you worship yourself?
Guanyin smiled: “I also encountered difficulties, but I know that asking myself for help is better than asking others.”