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On life and its vagaries

About things we don’t have to accept

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The time was noon and a glaring sun

Was playing on a young man in ochre rob

He had a staff and a bowl in hand

And was standing kind, and smiling then.


Angered, a trader was jumping around

Spewing all that he could say out loud

Barking at the young man and calling him-

Things that would put a rock to shame


After a while the man chose to pause

Seeing his hot tirade totally going waste

He wondered at the kind of thick strong skin

The young monk definitely seems to have.


The monk now asked in a tone very kind

Tell me, if you have finished, can I go?

Stunned by the calmness seen in him

The trader stuttered words like these:


“I have been calling you the basest names

And accusing you of the lowest deeds

Yet you smile and stand silent.

Really, have you no sense of shame?”


The monk kindly asks in return: “Trader,

Say, if you gave someone a golden coin

And he does not want it in any manner

What would you do in such instance?”


The trader had no doubt, he soon replied:

“Monk, who would waste a coin of gold,

I would of course take it back, can we-

Force things down some one’s throat?”


The monk again smiled saying thus:

“Well, my dear man, in the manner same

I haven’t accepted the things you said

You can keep them with you safely now.”


He moved off, still kind and taking leave

Of the trader who was lost in thought

The day darkened bringing in gloom as-

The Light left with that Master born.


( A tale from Buddha’s life)

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2 Responses

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  1. fabulous.. simply beautiful. 🙂

    trisha

    October 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm

  2. He really was/ and still is the light of the world 🙂

    Sam

    October 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm


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