The Grass Grows by Itself ~ 04

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event type discourse
date & time 24 Feb 1975 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle GRASS04
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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