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Life Lessons

Hari OM

Story-day is for cultural exploration, puraanas and parables and finding out about leading lights in spiritual philosophy.

Sometimes when we hear 'life lessons' from priests and teachers we are inclined to only listen with half an ear; there can be a tendency also to mumble in our hearts "that doesn't apply to me but I know someone it does...!" Next week is Dattatreya-jaayanti (more on that next time) in which we are reminded that 'gurus' and examples are found round every corner and in unlikely places. The lessons to be learned are for no one but ourselves.

One of the greatest tellers of lessons through story is, of course, Aesop. A slave who lived some 600 years BC, gained his freedom but then was charged with theft (even this may be a fable!) and condemned to death. 

Whilst many fables attributed to Aesop may not actually be of his authorship, the point is that he had a clear vision of the nature of Man and others were able to pick up on this, perpetuating the tradition and adding much of value to the collection known as Aesop's Fables.  

Most of us have heard at least one or two in our time.  They bear re-visiting.

The Ass and his Purchaser

  A man who wanted to buy an Ass went to market, and, coming across
a likely-looking beast, arranged with the owner that he should be
allowed to take him home on trial to see what he was like. When he
reached home, he put him into his stable along with the other asses.
The newcomer took a look round, and immediately went and chose a place
next to the laziest and greediest beast in the stable. When the master
saw this he put a halter on him at once, and led him off and handed
him over to his owner again. The latter was a good deal surprised to
seem him back so soon, and said, "Why, do you mean to say you have
tested him already?" "I don't want to put him through any more tests,"
replied the other. "I could see what sort of beast he is from the
companion he chose for himself."

        "A man is known by the company he keeps."


1 comment:

  1. I like the subject of your post!Aesop s fables are soaked with lessons for life.Life is basically the same in every age ah!!!


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