The True Sage ~ 09

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event type discourse
date & time 19 Oct 1975 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SAGE09
Reader of the sutra: Sw Anand Somendra.
The sutra
One day the rabbi of Zans was standing at the window and looking out into the street. Seeing a passer-by, he knocked on the window pane and signed to the man to come into the house.
When the stranger entered the room, rabbi hayyim asked him: 'Tell me, if you found a purse of ducats, would you return it to its owner?'
'Rabbi,' said the man, 'if I knew the owner I should return the purse withough a moment's delay.'
'You are a fool,' said the rabbi of Zans.
Then he resumed his position at the window, called another passer-by, and put the same question to him. 'I am not such a fool as to give up a purse full of money that has come my way,' said the man.
'You're a bad lot,' said the rabbi of Zans, and called in a third man.
He replied: 'Rabbi, how can I know -- on what rung I shall be when I find the purse, or whether I shall succeed in fending off the evil urge? Perhaps it will get the better of me, and I shall appropriate what belongs to another. But perhaps God, blessed be he, will help me to fight it, and in that case, I shall return what I have found to its rightful owner.'
'Those are good words,' cried the zaddick. 'You are a true sage.'


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