Thank You, No.Submitted by chris cudnoski on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 03:51
A student monk approached his guru.
"Guru" he said "I humbly ask your help. Another monk, that one I told you about, called me ugly. He said I was stupid, fat, shorter than anyone should naturally be, and that soon enough I'd be too old and weak as to be of use to anyone. Then he made fun of my sandals. What should I do?"
A moment passed, and then the guru said "from your look and your tone, am I to guess that one of these things he said upset you?"
"They all did, guru!" the monk exclaimed, suddenly wondering if he should be asking advice at all from someone with so loose a grasp on the obvious, "I'm not too short, I've lost a few pounds, and these sandals don't make me look like a wood fairy!"
The guru glanced down for a second, then asked the monk
"Do you know the day of your motherbirth?"
"And do you celebrate this day with friends and family in thanks and good cheer?"
"And do they give you gifts?"
"Fine gifts, guru! Have you seen these funky sandals?!?"
"Yes, they're nice. But do you invite this monk who insults you?"
"No, I wouldn't ever!"
"And if he came to your motherbirth day celebration with a gift, would you accept it?"
"I wouldn't even look at it, master! I'd tell him to take his gift and go on his way!"
"And if he were to go and take his gift with him, to whom would it now belong?"
"Why, it would still belong to him, of course. And good riddance!"
"So too, it must be," the wise guru said, slowly, "that when this other monk tries to give to you insults and unkindness, tell him thank you, no, I can't accept your generous gifts. Please take them with you, and be on your way."