When your mind is fresh the whole existence becomes a melody. When you are fresh, freshness is everywhere and the whole of existence responds. When you are young, not burdened by memory, everything is young and new and strange.
This Joshu is wonderful. This has to be felt deeply, then you will be able to understand. But that understanding will be more like feeling than understanding-not mental but from the heart. Many more dimensions are hidden in this story. Another dimension is that when you come to an enlightened person whatsoever you say makes no difference; his response will be the same. Your questions, your answers are not meaningful, not relevant; his response will be the same. To all the three Joshu responded in the same way because an enlightened person remains the same. No situation changes him; the situation is not relevant. You are changed by the situation, you are completely changed; you are manipulated by the situation. Meeting a person who is a stranger, you behave differently. You are more tense, trying to judge the situation: What type of man is this? Is he dangerous, not dangerous? Will he prove friendly or not? You look with fear. That's why with strangers you feel an uneasiness.
If you are traveling in a train, the first thing you will see is passengers asking each other what they do, where they are going. What is the need of these questions? These questions are meaningful because then they can be at ease. People start asking questions not because they are very curious about you; no, they just want to judge the situation-whether they can relax, whether they are in a familiar atmosphere or if something strange is there. They are on their guard, and this is their inquiry for safety.
Your face changes continuously. If you see a stranger you have a different face; if you see a friend, immediately the face changes; if your servant is there you have a different face; if your master is there you have a different face. You continuously change your masks because you depend on the situation. You don't have a soul, you are not integrated, things around you change you. That is not the case with a Joshu. With a Joshu, the case is totally different. He changes his surroundings; he is not changed by his surroundings. Whatsoever happens around him is irrelevant, his face remains the same; there is no need to change the mask.