The Empty Boat ~ 03
|date & time||12 Jul 1974 am|
|location||Lao Tzu balcony, Poona|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 24min. Quality: good.|
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- Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
- The sutra
- Hui Tzu was prime minister of Liang.
- He had what he believed to be inside information
- That Chuang Tzu coveted his post,
- And was plotting to supplant him.
- When Chuang Tzu came to visit Liang
- The prime minister sent out police to arrest him,
- But although they searched for three days and nights
- They could not find him.
- Meanwhile, Chuang Tzu presented himself to Hui Tzu
- Of his own accord, and said:
- "Have you heard about the bird
- That lives in the south --
- The phoenix that never grows old?
- This undying phoenix rises out of the south sea
- And flies to the sea of the north,
- Never alighting except on certain sacred trees.
- He will touch no food
- But the most exquisite rare fruit,
- And he drinks only from the clearest springs.
- Once an owl
- Chewing an already half-decayed dead rat
- Saw the phoenix fly over. Looking up he screeched with alarm
- And clutched the dead rat to himself
- In fear and dismay.
- Prime minister,
- Why are you so frantic,
- Clinging to your ministry
- And screeching at me in dismay?"
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