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    « Reply #90 on: January 20, 2018, 07:03:52 AM »
    The Phoney Holy Man [Hypocrisy]

    Once upon a time there was a man who looked and acted just like a holy man. He wore nothing but rags, had long matted hair, and relied on a little village to support him. But he was sneaky and tricky. He only pretended to give up attachment to the everyday world. He was a phoney holy man.

    A wealthy man living in the village wanted to earn merit by doing good deeds. So he had a simple little temple built in the nearby forest for the holy man to live in. He also fed him the finest foods from his own home.

    He thought this holy man with matted hair was sincere and good, one who would not do anything unwholesome. Since he was afraid of bandits, he took his family fortune of 100 gold coins to the little temple. He buried it under the ground and said to the holy man, "Venerable one, please look after this my family fortune."

    The holy man replied, "There's no need to worry about such things with people like me. We holy ones have given up attachment to the ordinary world. We have no greed or desire to obtain the possessions of others."

    "Very well, venerable one," said the man. He left thinking himself very wise indeed, to trust such a good holy man.

    However, the wicked holy man thought, "Aha! This treasure of 100 gold coins is enough for me to live on for the rest of my life! I will never have to work or beg again!" So a few days later he dug up the gold and secretly buried it near the roadside.

    The next day he went to the wealthy villager's home for lunch as usual. After eating his fill he said, "Most honourable gentleman, I have lived here supported by you for a long time. But holy ones who have given up the world are not supposed to become too attached to one village or supporter. It would make a holy man like me impure! Therefore, kindly permit me to humbly go on my way."

    The man pleaded with him again and again not to go, but it was useless. "Go then, venerable sir," he agreed at last. He went with him as far as the boundary of the village and left him there.

    After going on a short way himself, the phoney holy man thought, "I must make absolutely sure that stupid villager does not suspect me. He trusts me so much that he will believe anything. So I will deceive him with a clever trick!" He stuck a blade of dry grass in his matted hair and went back.

    When he saw him returning, the wealthy villager asked, "Venerable one, why have you come back?" He replied, "Dear friend, this blade of grass from the thatched roof of your house has stuck in my hair. It is most unwholesome and impure for a holy one such as myself to 'take what is not given'."



    The amazed villager said, "Think nothing of it, your reverence. Please put it down and continue on your way. Venerable ones such as you do not even take a blade of grass that belongs to another. How marvellous! How exalted you are, the purest of the holy. How lucky I was to be able to support you!" More trusting than ever, he bowed respectfully and sent him on his way again.

    It just so happened that the Enlightenment Being was living the life of a trader at that time. He was in the midst of a trading trip when he stopped overnight at the village. He had overheard the entire conversation between the villager and the 'purest of the holy'. He thought, "That sounds ridiculous! This man must have stolen something far more valuable than the blade of dry grass he has made such a big show of returning to its rightful owner."

    The trader asked the wealthy villager, "Friend, did you perhaps give anything to this holy looking man for safekeeping?" "Yes friend," he replied, "I trusted him to guard my family fortune of 100 gold coins." "I advise you to go see if they are where you left them," said the trader.

    Suddenly worried, he ran to the forest temple, dug up the ground, and found his treasure gone. He ran back to the trader and said, "It has been stolen!" "Friend," he replied, "No one but that so-called holy man could have taken it. Let's catch him and get your treasure back."

    They both chased after him as fast as they could. When they caught up with him they made him tell where he had hidden the money. They went to the hiding place by the roadside and dug up the buried treasure.

    Looking at the gleaming gold the Bodhisatta said, "You hypocritical holy man. You spoke well those beautiful words, admired by all, that one is not to 'take what is not given'. You hesitated to leave with even a blade of grass that didn't belong to you. But it was so easy for you to steal a hundred gold coins!" After ridiculing the way he had acted in this way, he advised him to change his ways for his own good.

    The moral is: Be careful of a holy man who puts on a big show.

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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #91 on: January 29, 2018, 08:30:04 PM »
    Judging others: The danger of playing God

    Author: Ken Sande   Date: August 19, 2009

    “As we interact with other people, we must constantly make judgments about their words and actions so that we can respond to them appropriately. But we are prone to look for the worst in people at times, and we judge them more critically than they deserve.


    I Knew It!

    “I knew he was too proud to take criticism,” thought Anne, “and now I have proof!”

    On the previous Sunday, Anne had dropped a prayer card in the offering plate asking her pastor to stop in and pray with her when she went to the hospital for some minor surgery. When he failed to come by, she called the church secretary and learned that her pastor had already been to the hospital that day to see another church member.

    “So he has no excuse!” she thought. “He was in the building and knew I needed his support, but still he ignored me. He’s resented me ever since I told him his sermons lack practical application. Now he’s getting back at me by ignoring my spiritual needs. And he calls himself a shepherd!”

    After brooding over his "rejection" for three days, Anne sat down Saturday evening and wrote a letter confronting her pastor about his pride, defensiveness and hypocrisy. As she sealed the envelope, she could not help thinking about the conviction he would feel when he opened his mail.

    The moment she walked into church the next morning, one of the deacons hurried over to her. “Anne, I need to apologize to you. When I took the prayer cards out of the offering plates last week, I accidentally left your card with some pledge cards. I didn’t notice my mistake until last night when I was totaling the pledges. I am so sorry I didn’t get your request to the pastor!” Before Anne could reply to the deacon, her pastor approached her with a warm smile. “Anne, I was thinking about your comment about practical application as I finished my sermon yesterday. I hope you notice the difference in today’s message.”

    Anne was speechless. All she could think about was the letter she had just dropped in a mailbox three blocks from church.

    Source: https://www.ccef.org/resources/blog/judging-others-danger-playing-god-part-1
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    Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #92 on: January 29, 2018, 08:54:42 PM »
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #93 on: February 22, 2018, 11:36:41 PM »
    There were two monks who lived together in a monastery for many years; they were great friends.

    Then they died within a few months of one another. One of them got reborn in the heaven realms.

    The one reborn in the heaven realm was having a wonderful time, enjoying all the heavenly pleasures. Soon he started to think about his friend, "I wonder where my old mate has gone?"

    So he scanned all of the heaven realm, and could not find a trace of his friend. Then he scanned the realm of human beings, but he could not see any trace of his friend there either. So he looked in the realm of animals and then insects.

    Finally he found him, reborn as a dung beetle living in a dung pile... Wow! He thought: "I am going to help my friend. I am going to go down there to take him up to heaven."

    So he went down to the dung pile and called his mate. And the small beetle crawled out and asked, "Who are you?"

    "I am your friend. We used to be monks together in a past life, and I have come up to take you to heaven where life is wonderful and blissful."

    But the beetle refused: "Go away, get lost!"

    "But I am your friend, and I live in heaven," and he described the heavenly realm to him. But the beetle said: "No thank you, I am very happy here in my pile of dung. Go away."

    Unable to convince the insect, the heavenly being sadly returned to heaven.


    Moral of the story: Each to their own, we can't really change people. Sometimes people are better left off to their own devices (and they may have their own karmic lessons to learn).
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #94 on: February 25, 2018, 09:24:05 PM »
    A good read.

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    « Reply #95 on: March 13, 2018, 02:11:50 PM »
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #96 on: March 13, 2018, 09:34:52 PM »
    Most of them.

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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #97 on: March 18, 2018, 10:54:43 PM »


    Whether something is useless or not depends on one’s perspective. 8)
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #98 on: March 19, 2018, 12:21:38 AM »
    The Wolf And The Lamb

    WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's right to eat him. He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.""Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was not then born." Then said the Wolf, "You feed in my pasture.""No,good sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the Wolf, "You drink of my well.""No," exclaimed theLamb, "I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me." Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, "Well! I won't remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations." The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
                                                                                                       
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #99 on: April 02, 2018, 09:45:03 PM »
    Profound wisdom in this simple sentence!

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    « Reply #100 on: April 09, 2018, 09:59:03 AM »
    Some frogs were hopping through the jungle when two of them fell into a deep hole. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

    However, the two frogs still proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. However, despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up as they’d never make it out.

    Eventually, one of the frogs took heed of what the others were saying and he just gave up by leaping further into the hole. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the group of frogs yelled at him to stop wasting efforts as there's really no way to jump so high.

    He somehow ignored them, and jumped even harder, making use of the wall to rebound and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “You really made it! Sorry, we were wrong.” The frog smiled cheerfully at them instead.

    In actual fact, the frog which got out was deaf, and he thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

    Moral of the story: Useless and non-constructive comments are best ignored.
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    « Reply #101 on: June 06, 2018, 12:51:58 AM »
    Once in a small town lived a blind, old man. He was blind yet when he was walking out at night he'd always carry a lit lamp.

    One night while he was outside, a group of young travellers saw him. After realizing he was blind, they couldn't understand why a blind person would carry a lamp.

    One of the travellers asked, "You're blind and can't see, why would you carry a lamp?" The old man answered, "Yes I'm blind, but I carry a lamp for the people who can see. If I don't, people could end up walking into me."
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #102 on: July 03, 2018, 10:04:11 PM »


    *Just because something doesn't work in the way you intended doesn't mean it is useless.
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    « Reply #103 on: September 02, 2018, 07:07:52 AM »
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  • Re: Profound Stories
    « Reply #104 on: September 04, 2018, 04:00:38 AM »
    True Story!

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