When the Shoe Fits ~ 07

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event type discourse
date & time 17 Oct 1974 am
location Lao Tzu balcony, Poona
language English
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shorttitle SHOE07
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The autumn floods had come. Thousands of wild torrents poured furiously into the yellow river. It surged and flooded its banks until, looking across, you could not tell an ox from a horse on the other side.
Then the river God laughed, delighted to think that all the beauty in the world had fallen into his keeping.
So downstream he swung, until he came to the ocean. There he looked out over the waves toward the empty horizon in the east, and his face fell.
Gazing out at the far horizon he came to his senses and murmured to the ocean God. Well, the proverb is right. He who has got himself a hundred ideas thinks he knows more than anybody else. Such a one am I. Only now do I see what they mean by expanse!
The ocean God replied: Can you talk about the sea to a frog in a well? Can you talk about ice to dragonflies? Can you talk about the way of life to a doctor of philosophy?


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