Returning to the Source ~ 09

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event type discourse
date & time 19 Dec 1974 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SOURCE09
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
An old man who was born in Yen, but grew up in Chu'u decided to return to his native country.
While he was passing through the state of Chin his companions decided to play a joke on him.
Pointing to a city they said to him: This is the capital of Yen. The old man composed himself and looked solemn. Inside the city they pointed out a shrine: This is the shrine of your quarter. He breathed a deep sigh. They pointed out a hut: This was your father's cottage. Tears welled up. They pointed out a mound: This is your father's tomb. He could not help weeping aloud.
His companions roared with laughter: We are teasing you -- you are still only in Chin. The old man was very embarrassed.
When he reached Yen, and really saw the capital, and the shrine of his quarter, and his father's cottage and tomb, he did not feel it so deeply.


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