The Grass Grows by Itself ~ 02

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event type discourse
date & time 22 Feb 1975 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle GRASS02
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Every time Lieh Tzu was not busy, Yin Sheng took the opportunity to beg for secrets. Lieh Tzu kept turning him away and would not tell him until eventually he said: I used to think you intelligent -- are you really as vulgar as all that? Here, I will tell you what I learnt from my own master.
Three years after I began to serve the master, my mind no longer dared to think of right or wrong, and my mouth no longer dared to speak of benefit and harm. It was only then that I got so much as a glance from the master.
After five years my mind was again thinking of right and wrong, and my mouth was again speaking of benefit and harm. For the first time the master's face relaxed into a smile.
After seven years I thought of whatever came into my mind without any longer distinguishing between right and wrong, and I said whatever came into my mouth without any longer distinguishing between benefit and harm. And for the first time the master pulled me over to sit with him on the same mat.
After nine years I thought without restraint of whatever came into my mind, and said without restraint whatever came into my mouth without knowing whether the right or wrong, benefit or harm, were mine or another's, and without knowing whether that master was my teacher or not. Everything was the same.
Now you come to be my disciple, and before even a year has gone round you are indignant and resentful and time again!


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