The Story of the Bamboo


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The parable of the Bamboo is a plea for solidarity, for the sharing of gifts and resources for life. The ability to spend and to be spent is essential for solidarity. Life does not flourish without sacrificial love. Full story at

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The Story of the Bamboo

  1. 1. THE STORY OF THE BAMBOO Story Source: Image Source:,
  2. 2. O nce upon a time there was a farmer who had two gardens. One was in the mountains and the other was in the plains. The farmer loved both gardens very much. But in particular he loved one tree in the mountain garden. This tree was a bamboo. Story Source: Image Source:,
  3. 3. B amboo was very tall and very beautiful. The farmer used to visit Bamboo every evening to admire and enjoy her beauty. When the farmer was visiting, Bamboo would always dance beautifully, which made the farmer even happier. The farmer loved Bamboo very much, much more than other trees. Story Source: Image Source:,
  4. 4. Image Source:,, It so happened that there was once a drought in the plains, and the lower garden started to dry. The drought was so severe that the plants started to die off. The farmer was desperate to find a way of watering this garden. There was plenty of water in the mountains, but he had no way of taking the water to the plains. Then the farmer remembered his friend Bamboo.
  5. 5. S o the farmer went to Bamboo one evening and they started talking. Story Source: Image Source:,
  6. 6. Bamboo, I LOVE YOU a great deal. . Image Source:,
  7. 7. B amboo was very happy. Dancing, she responded… Story Source: Image Source:,
  8. 8. I too LOVE you so much, master. Image Source:,
  9. 9. T he master was pleased. Story Source: Image Source:,
  10. 10. So now, Bamboo, I want to USE you. Image Source:,
  11. 11. I am READY , master, Image Source:,
  12. 12. But there is one condition, Image Source:,
  13. 13. In order to use you, I must cut you down. Image Source:,
  14. 14. B amboo was grieved and very disturbed. Story Source: Image Source:,
  15. 15. Master, you say you LOVE me. Image Source:,
  16. 16. Why do you want to DESTROY me? Image Source:,
  17. 17. Bamboo, I don't want to destroy you, I want to use you. Image Source:,
  18. 18. But in order for you to be usable to me, I must cut you. If you are not ready to be cut, I cannot use you. Image Source:,
  19. 19. B amboo was most unhappy, because she feared the pain. But because she loved the master and trusted him, she decided to let the master go on. So the master took a hatchet and cut down Bamboo. It was very painful. The master said… Story Source: Image Source:,
  20. 20. Good, but there is some more work to do on you; I have to chop off your branches. Image Source:,
  21. 21. B amboo complained even more. Story Source: Image Source:,
  22. 22. Master, you want to KILL ME NOW . Image Source:,
  23. 23. T he master remained silent; and seeing that he was serious, Bamboo decided to submit. The master took his hatchet again and cleaned off the branches until Bamboo was very clean. Then he said… Story Source: Image Source:,
  24. 24. This is really good, Bamboo, but there is still one last thing. I have to pop out your inside. Image Source:,
  25. 25. B amboo was terrified. The last two steps had been painful enough, but to pop out her inside -- that was unthinkable. Bamboo struggled with this. But then the master said… Story Source: Image Source:,
  26. 26. I cannot use you unless I pop out your inside. Image Source:,
  27. 27. S eeing that the master was serious, Bamboo again submitted. The master took an iron rod and popped out the inside until Bamboo was hollow. It was extremely painful. But Bamboo was now ready to be used. Story Source: Image Source:,
  28. 28. T he master used Bamboo as a pipe to connect his two gardens. Soon water started to flow from the mountain garden into the garden in the plains. The plants were revived. Seeing her usefulness, both Bamboo and the master were very happy. Story Source: Image Source:,
  29. 29. Story Source: Image Source:, Image Source:,, T hey ended up greater friends than before.