Story to reflect upon 73, 74


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Story to reflect upon 73, 74

  1. 1. Sounds of Silence Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out." The second monk said, "Aren't we not suppose to talk?" The third monk said, "Why must you two break the silence?" The fourth monk laughed and said, "Ha! I'm the only one who didn't speak." Reflections From People's Comments * "Each monk broke the silence for a different reason, each of which is a common stumbling block to meditation. The first monk became distracted by one element of the world (the candle) and so lost sight of the rest. The second monk was more worried about rules than the meditation itself. The third monk let his anger at the first two rule him. And the final monk was lost in his ego." * "It's easy to point our fingers at the 'faults' of others but oftentimes, before long we make the very 'mistakes' we are critical of." * "In the course of our life, mistakes or faults arise because of a lack of good mindfulness." * "One needs to be mindful of one's EGO ... 'I'm better than all others' type of attitude very often causes problems of relationship with others." Story To Reflect Upon 73
  2. 2. TRANSIENT A famous spiritual teacher came to the front door of the King's palace. None of the guards tried to stop him as he entered and made his way to where the King himself was sitting on his throne. "What do you want?" asked the King, immediately recognizing the visitor. "I would like a place to sleep in this inn," replied the teacher. "But this is not an inn," said the King, "It is my palace." "May I ask who owned this palace before you?" "My father. He is dead." "And who owned it before him?" "My grandfather. He too is dead." "And this place where people live for a short time and then move on - did I hear you say that it is NOT an inn?" Points For Reflection * We are ALL here for just a short time, and then move on. Reflecting on this, shouldn’t we realize a sense of urgency to practise Dhamma before it is too late ? Doesn’t it make sense to develop our virtues and cut our defilements of greed, hatred and delusion in this very short life of ours ? * Our true wealth does not lie in our material possessions or in the people we love or attach to. We live and die and never really own anything. How many people today think about this deeply ? Too many people entrench themselves in their possessions and positions. * What is our true wealth ? It is our Kamma and the Kamma potential we store up in this fleeting life that will follow us from life to life . When we reflect on this , we should waste no more time to practise Dana, Sila and Bhavana the best we can . Story To Reflect Upon 74