The Secret ~ 11

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event type discourse
date & time 21 Oct 1978 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SECRET11
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
Once upon a time there was a fox who met a young rabbit in the woods. The rabbit said, "What are you?"
The fox said, "I am a fox, and I could eat you up if I wanted to."
"How can you prove that you are a fox?" asked the rabbit. The fox didn't know what to say, because in the past rabbits had always run from him without such inquiries.
Then the rabbit said, "If you can show me written proof that you are a fox, I'll believe you."
So the fox trotted off to the lion, who gave him a certificate that he was a fox.
When he got back to where the rabbit was waiting, the fox started to read out the document. It so pleased him that he dwelt over the paragraphs with lingering delight. Meanwhile, getting the gist of the message from the first few lines, the rabbit ran down a burrow and was never seen again.
The fox went back to the lion's den, where he saw a deer talking to the lion.
The deer was saying, "I want to see written proof that you are a lion...."
The lion said, "When I am not hungry, I don't need to bother. When I am hungry, you don't need anything in writing."
The fox said to the lion, "Why didn't you tell me to do that, when I asked for a certificate for the rabbit?"
"My dear friend," said the lion, "you should have said that it was requested by a rabbit. I thought that it must be for a stupid human being, from whom some of these idiotic animals have learned this pastime."


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