The Art of Dying ~ 03
|date & time||13 Oct 1976 am|
|location||Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 31min. Quality: inferior (under revision).|
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- Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
- The sutra
- Once, when the Hasidim were seated together
- In all brotherliness,
- Pipe in hand, rabbi Israel joined them.
- Because he was so friendly they asked him, 'Tell us, dear rabbi, how should we serve God?'
- He was surprised at the question,
- And replied, 'How should I know?'
- But then he went on to tell them this story...
- There were two friends of the king,
- And both were proved guilty of a crime.
- Since he loved them the king wanted to show them mercy,
- But he could not acquit them because even a king's word
- Cannot prevail over the law.
- So he gave this verdict:
- A rope was to be stretched over a deep chasm,
- And, one after another, the two were to walk across it.
- Whoever reached to the other side was to be granted his life.
- It was done as the king ordered,
- And the first of the friends got safely across.
- The other, still standing on the same spot, cried to him,
- 'Tell me, friend, how did you manage to cross?'
- The first called back, 'I don't know anything but this:
- Whenever I felt myself toppling over to one side,
- I leaned to the other.'
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