96/Master Tells A Joke/Listening To Hearsay
Tells A Joke
By Supreme Master Ching Hai
March 27, 1996 Cambodia (Originally In Chinese)
a man bought a big birthday cake as an offering to a monk. Of course, the cake
was cut into pieces and everyone ate it together. As a result, from that day
on, many people came by, saying that they were the friends of the friends of
that person who had offered the cake. So they said.
When that monk heard
about it, he allowed the people to eat and stay there, et ceteria. That was
what they had longed for - for food and lodging on the pretext of the cake.
It was all right, and the monk served them. Just for this present, many people
kept coming. One day that monk couldn't bear it anymore. The one hundred and
first person came, also saying he was the friend of a friend of the person who
presented the cake. He got a cup of water, put it by his side, took out some
flour, and said to the one hundred and first one who came, "These are the ingredients
of the ingredients of that cake."
Similarly most people
of this world only listen to hearsay. They think they have religious beliefs,
and that they are enlightened.