The Art of Dying ~ 07
|date & time||17 Oct 1976 am|
|location||Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 32min. Quality: muffled sound (under revision).|
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- Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
- The sutra
- Rabbi Bunam used to tell young men who came to him for the first time the story of rabbi Eisik son of rabbi Yekel in Cracow...
- 'After many years of great poverty which had never shaken his faith in God he dreamed that someone bade him look for treasure under the bridge which leads to the King's Palace in Prague. When the dream recurred the third time he set out for Prague. But the bridge was guarded day and night and he did not dare start digging. Nevertheless he went to the bridge every morning and kept walking around it until evening.
- Finally the captain of the guards who had been watching him asked in a kindly way whether he was looking for something or waiting for someone.
- Rabbi Eisik told him of the dream which had brought him from a far away country.
- The captain laughed 'And so to please your dream you wore out your shoes to come here you poor fellow. And as far as having faith in dreams if I had had it I should have had to go to Cracow and dig for treasure under the stove in the room of a Jew-Eisik son of Yekel! That's what the dream told me. And imagine what it would have been like; one half of the Jews over there are called Eisik and the other half Yekel!' And he laughed again.
- Rabbi Eisik bowed traveled home dug up the treasure from under his stove, and built the house of prayer which is called Reb Eisik's Shul.
- Rabbi Bunam used to add 'Take this story to heart and make what it says your own. There is something you cannot find anywhere in the world not even at the Zaddik's and there is nevertheless a place where you can find it.'
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