The Empty Boat ~ 04

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event type discourse
date & time 13 Jul 1974 am
location Lao Tzu balcony, Poona
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 43min. Quality: good, but sutra barely audible.
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle BOAT04
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
If a man steps on a stranger's foot
In the marketplace,
He makes a polite apology
And offers an explanation:
"This place is so crowded."
If an elder brother
Steps on his younger brother's foot
He says, "Sorry,"
And that is that.
If a parent
Treads on his child's foot
Nothing is said at all.
The greatest politeness
Is free of all formality.
Perfect conduct is free of concern.
Perfect wisdom is unplanned.
Perfect love is without demonstrations.
Perfect sincerity offers no guarantee.


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