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Saturday, 8 September 2012

On a Good Note.

Hello Friends!

I've been reading a book called "The Song of The Bird" since last few days. It's not a fiction novel neither is it some suspense thriller. It's a set of small stories may be just a paragraph or two each, to let you meditate upon the insight you get through it for may be a whole day.

I would like to share one with you. It is titled "Very Well, Very Well".

A girl in the fishing village became an unwed mother and after several beatings finally revealed who the father of the child was: the Zen Master who meditated all day in the temple outside the village.

The parents of the girl and a large group of villagers marched upon the temple, rudely disturbed the Master's meditation, abused him for his hypocrisy and told him that, since he was the father of the child, he should now bear the burden of bringing it up. All the Master said in reply was, 'Very well. Very well'.

He picked the baby up from the floor, when the crowd had left and made arrangements for a woman from the village to feed and clothe and look after it at his expense.

The Master's name was ruined. No one came to him for instruction any more.

When this had gone on for a whole year, the girl who had borne the child could stand it no longer and finally confessed that she had lied. The father of the child was the boy next door.

The parents and all the villagers were most contrite. They prostrated themselves at the feet of the Master to beg his pardon and to ask for the child back. The Master returned the child. And all he said was, 'Very well. Very well.'

The awakened man!
Losing one's reputation? Not much different from losing that contract one was about to sign in one's dream.
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              ~Anthony de Mello, S.J

Have a nice day ahead friends.



10 comments:

Simple Man said...

Hmmm... isnt is so difficult to be that way most of the times? We surely have learnt not to care but of course not with such an attitude of this monk :-) .. I'm reminded of the sacrifice of my master for my sins..who didnt utter a single word of retaliation or frustration..instead He prayed,"Father forgive them for they know not what they ae doing" ..

Thanks for this beautiful post Priya.. God bless.. :-)

JANU said...

Nice gyaan.

Sreejith K B said...

nice post priya.

Priya Joyce said...

@anku:

oye u r the simple man :P

I suppose u r ryt. For us it's really difficult to lose our reputation. And of course we dun also bother about it when it comes to our "selfish" needs. Kind of double standards.

If not to change me I find it of great peace when i am in chaos. This story i mean.


Thank you :))






Priya Joyce said...

@janu:
thank you :D

@Sreejith:
thanks buddy :)

JANU said...

A surprise for you -
http://janukulkarni.blogspot.in/2012/09/cool-enough-to-grab-award.html

Sreejith K B said...

"Very Well, Very Well" :DDD

RiĆ  said...

:) Gyaan.

philip9876 said...

Book looks interesting. Will read it if i can lay my hands on it sometime.

parzi said...

that's a gud one pj...thanks for sharing it..loved it:)