Motivational story of month

Once the Bodhisattva was born as an ascetic. He had five hundred followers, who lived with him in his mountain abode. One day, half of his followers, including their chief had gone away looking for food. Suddenly the Bodhisattva fell sick and took to bed. The followers who had remained with him at the abode reached his bedside to tend to him. They asked him what his life’s achievement was. The Bodhisattva replied “nothing”. The followers failed to understand the true meaning of the wise man’s words.

They considered him to be a failure because he had achieved nothing. Soon after, the Bodhisattva died. The foolish followers give him a simple burial, without any ceremony. When the chief of the other half of the followers returned, he explained to the others that their master had achieved such divinity that he could see beyond the ordinary appearance of things. But they did not understand him either.

One night, the Bodhisattva appeared before his followers and said, “The one hears the Truth and understand it immediately is far better off than a hundred fools who spend a hundred years thinking”. The followers then realised that one should listen when the wise speaks.

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