The Grass Grows by Itself ~ 04
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|date & time
|24 Feb 1975 am
|Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
|Available, duration 1h 22min. Quality: good.
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- Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
- The sutra
- Confucius was looking at the cataract at Luliang. It falls from a height of two hundred feet, and its foam reaches fifteen miles away. No scaly finny creature could survive therein.
- Yet confucius saw an old man go in. Thinking the old man was suffering from some trouble and was therefore desirous of ending his life, Confucius bade a disciple run along the bank to try to save him.
- The old man emerged about a hundred paces off, and with flowing hair, he went caroling along the bank.
- Confucius followed him, and when he caught up with him he said: I had thought, sir, you were a spirit, but now I see you are a man. Kindly tell me, is there any way to deal thus with the water?
- No, replied the man, I have no way; plunging in with the whirl, I come out with the swirl. I accommodate myself to the water, not the water to me. And so I am able to deal with it after this fashion.
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