The Art of Dying ~ 03

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event type discourse
date & time 13 Oct 1976 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle ART03
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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