A story of the fistful rice

A story of the fistful rice

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Once Buddha was walking towards the river along with couple of his disciples. They were to cross the river and go across to another village. Suddenly some of the disciples noticed another Yogi crossing the river and coming towards them. He was simply walking over the water.

Impressed by what they saw, they even tried to get Buddha’s attention towards that. Unimpressed, Buddha kept walking. However some of the disciples waited to meet the Yogi who was walking on the water.

As the Yogi crossed the river, they fell on his feet and said, “Tell us O Perfected One, how did you achieve these magical powers?”

“Can we also learn this?”

“Sure,” said the Yogi.

“If you work with me and do as I say for 20 years, you too can walk on the water just like me”.

Hearing of 20 years of austerity, all the disciples ran back to Buddha.

All this while Buddha kept walking towards the river with a smile on his face. Soon they reached the river bank. Buddha requested to the boatman if he could take all of them across the river in his boat. The boatman readily agreed to ferry them for just an exchange of the fistful rice.

As the boat reached the middle of the river, Buddha broke his silence. He said, “That 20 years of austerity is worth just a fistful rice.” The monks dropped their heads in shame. They realised that one simple distraction made them forget their teacher.

There are many such disciples among us. We notice one good quality in someone we just met and forget about those near and dear ones who stood by us all along. Think.

Govind Vedaprakash Shandilya
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