wise men say…

(four short stories from wise men)

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True philosopher that he was, Socrates believed that the wise person would instinctively lead a frugal life. He himself would not even wear shoes; yet he fell under the spell of the marketplace and would go there often to look at all the wares on display.
 
When one of his friends asked why, Socrates said: “I love to go there and discover how many things I am perfectly happy without.”
 
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To the disciples who were always asking for words of wisdom the Master said, “Wisdom is not expressed in words. It reveals itself in action.”
 
But when he saw them plunge headlong into activity, he laughed and said, “That isn’t action. That’s motion.”
 
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In the last century, a tourist from the States visited the famous Polish rabbi Hafez Hayyim. He was astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was only a simple room filled with books. The only furniture was a table and a bench.“Rabbi, where is your furniture?” asked the tourist.

“Where is yours?” replied Hafez.

“Mine? But I’m only a visitor here.”

“So am I,” said the rabbi.
 
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Buddha was once threatened with death by a bandit called Angulimal… “Then be good enough to fulfill my dying wish,” said Buddha. “Cut off the branch of that tree.”One slash of the sword, and it was done! “What now?” asked the bandit.

Put it back again,” said Buddha.

The bandit laughed. “You must be crazy to think anyone can do that.”

“On the contrary, it is you who are crazy to think that you are mighty because you can wound and destroy. That is the task of children. The mighty know how to create and heal.”

 
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wise men say… only fools rush in!
 
 
 
have a zendictive day
 
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