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A Zen Story: The Messenger

Once when Zen master Bankei was about to leave a temple in the capital where he taught from time to time, a certain gentleman came requesting that the master pospone his departure. A certain baron had a question and wanted to see the Zen master.. person on the morrow to resolve it. Bankei assented and put off leaving.
The next day, however, the gentleman came again, this time with a message that the baron has some urget business to take care of and could not come and see the master.
The baron had asked the gentleman to relay his question to Bankei, then report the Zen master's answer back to him.
When he heard the gentleman out, Bankei said, "This matter of Zen is difficult to convey even by direct question and direct answer;
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A Zen Story: The Crystal River
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.
The current of the river swept silently over them all -- young and old, rich and poor, compassionate and cruel -- the current going its own way,
knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last,
“I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom."
The other creatures laughed and said,
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A #story of an #afternoon of 1971 #Bengal.
A beautiful,fair glowing skinned,#generalclass, #traditional, #Hinduwoman used to live with her #husband (who used to work in railways) and her 15yrs old #son & 4 years old #Daughter.
She was also a prime worshipper of Maa Durga...
Some years ago, when her #son was of 13 yrs, he started showing his interest in #Politics and started being with #hinduextremists.
He also started going to #akharas,for #gym work and #shastravidya.
Onto which he was #punished by not given #food for a #day by...
his mother, as she wanted him to be an #Engineer and become #rich.
The son left his interest, and started #studying in guidence of his #mother.
It was the time of #Bangladeshliberation #war, when he went to a nearby #Temple with his mother and #sister one #evening ...
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A Zen Story: Hoshin’s “Kaa!”

The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story:
One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very old, said to his disciples: "I am not going to be alive next year so you fellows should treat me well this year."
The pupils thought he was joking, but since he was a great-hearted teacher…
each of them in turn treated him to a feast on succeeding days of the departing year.
On the eve of the new year, Tokufu concluded: "You have been good to me. I shall leave tomorrow afternoon when the snow has stopped."
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#Story of Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy & Hathiram Baba

Hathiram Bhavaji was a great devotee of Shri Ram. Once he visited Tirupati & decided to stay there & became great devotee of Venkateswara swamy. Because of Baba's deep devotion, Venkateswarar used to come & play dice with him Image
One day, while playing, Prabhu left that place urgently & left his necklace at Baba’s ashram. Priests opened the temple & noticed that an ornament was missing & started to search of it. When Baba found the ornament he went temple to return it. But he was caught
assuming him theif Image
Bhavaji was taken to the king & when he told exactly what happened no one believed him. King ordered to fill Bhavaji’s prison cell with sugarcane & asked him to eat every bit of sugarcane before the sunrise to escape from punishment. Knowing this was impossible, Baba prayed and Image
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"Mostly, this guy is no good."
My wife suddenly uttered a word to throw it away at once.
"Oh, he is a man who doesn't understand anything, but I think it's amazing to be able to speak several languages."
"That's why you don't know anything.
There are 50,000 such people in Europe."
I couldn't follow the second phrase. I was just watching my wife's excitement.

I'm coming to the public beach of the lake. People are gathering like sunspots today. Hot summer every day. Everyone thinks the same.
I have been brave enough to play in the water, but my feelings are weakening.
I thought yesterday was a crisis of desperation. But now I'm smiling. I can't lie to myself.

"So why is he so bad?"
"Yeah. In a nutshell, someone can steal things from a weak, dying person.
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It's a gentle autumn. It's sunny today as well. There is nothing to commit together now.
I have a gentle feeling like a song that I sing naturally. Let's grow it carefully.
It's chaotic. There are many people. It may resemble a little Madrid.
However, the city may have the same atmosphere even if the flavor is slightly different. The stage where I can't take a deep breath is dry. If you break into an alley and follow a small road, you will catch the feeling of a damp human being.
"I can't live here anymore," the woman muttered with her own heart.
It's not new. I was already wandering from my teens. By the time she was 17, she pretended to be an adult and stayed alone in a luxury hotel. A liar genius. Or a famous actress.
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"Maduro habla bastante paja. Aquí no estamos hablando paja. Hablamos de acuerdos que pongan a venezolanos en primera línea. Sin cambios significativos no levantaremos sanciones. No sé por qué tienen miedo de elecciones libres y justas" James Story, Emb. EEUU en Vzla @usembassyve
#Story "Nada ha cambiado en Vzla, Maduro está usurpando funciones según la propia constitución venezolana. El tema de Venezuela sigue siendo importante para el gobierno de EEUU y otras democracias. Vzla tiene un impacto en la región". Embajador de EEUU para Vzla @usembassyve
#Story "No queremos ser la mosca en la sopa. No es cierto que EEUU quiere socavar las negociaciones, estamos apoyando el proceso pero tampoco somos ingenuos. Sabemos la historia de otras negociaciones y estamos colocando la lupa antes de actuar. Pónganse serios!". @usembassyve
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Day 11

”This is Kyoko’s records recently. Kyoko & Kyoko's master.”

Why does the earth disappear? !!


What's that. Then it's not 80 years.
I think I'm dead.
I'm sorry.

According to your story, everything you've believed so far is a lie. Image
Then what should I think in and live?

For the time being, it depends on your actions. Such a sentimental story is a trend that was accepted in that game.
It doesn't work anywhere except in your world.
You guys saw that given hallucination. Image
The memory of all humankind will soon fly away. Do you live as if nothing happened again?

That's impossible.

You have no choice but to make an effort!
You have already got the pieces of their game down.
In other words, you can use pieces to participate in the game.
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A Zen Story: Over the wall

There was an ancient mysterious wall which stood at the edge of a village, and whenever anyone climbed the wall to look onto the other side, instead of coming back he or she smiled and would jump to the other side, never to return.
The inhabitants of the village became curious as to what could draw these people to the other side of the wall. After all, their village had all the necessities of living a comfortable life.
They made an arrangement to where they would tie a person's feet, so that when he or she
looked over and wished to jump, they could be pulled back.
The next time someone tried to climb the wall to see what was on the other side, they chained her feet so that she could not go over. She looked on the other side and was delighted at what she saw, and smiled.
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"And she breaks the invisible door," I asked my wife bluntly.
"Yes," she said, looking away.
"Oh, but I do understand. I don't know if she imagined or had the invisible door, but when I made the keyholes and many keys, it didn't change at all with reality.
But in our society, I'm sorry for my imagination.
"Yes, maybe. But some people have invisible doors."

I'm more and more confused. But I feel refreshed.
The full moon, which was invisible yesterday, is near dazzling and big tonight.
The same scenery looks different. Easy to learn. The taste of sweet milk of strawberry frappe is entangled in the tongue. Speaking fresh and delicious is even more delicious.

The air from the mountains is fresh and dry in the clear sky.
Let's go to where we can go.
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Today is #Nagpanchami2021
Sharing a beautiful #Story of today

#Snakes have been worshipped since ancient time in India
As they represent Rebirth, Mortality & knowledge!
#Kundalini energy inside us is also the coiled serpent
There has been huge attempt to defame them
2)King #Parikshit was Son of Abhimanyu
Once during his hunting,came across sage #Samika meditating
He asked him about of deer he was hunting
But got no reply
Furious he placed a de@d snake on him.
Samika's son #Sringin got angry & cursed Parikshit to d!e of snake bite in 7 days
3)when sage  #Samika got to know of this, he asked his disciple #Gaurmukha to inform him
King Parikshit accepted his fate. But his ministers built a well guarded, single column mansion to keep him

Sage Kashyapa was called too
But Snake #Takshaka convinced him not to to go
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A Zen Story: Death Surprised
A merchant in Baghdad sent his servant on work to the bazaar and the man came back white with fear and trembling. "Master," he said, "while I was in the marketplace, I walked into a stranger. When I looked him in the face, I found that it was Death.
He made a threatening gesture at me and walked away. Now I am afraid. Please give me a horse so that I can ride at once to Samarra and get far away from Death
The merchant - in his anxiety for the man - gave him his swiftest steed. The servant was on it and away in a trice.
Later in the day the merchant himself went down to the bazaar and saw Death loitering there in the crowd. So he went up to him and said, "You made a threatening gesture at my poor servant this morning. What did it mean?"
"That was no threatening gesture, sir," said Death.
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Vittala Panduranga and Narahari Sonar

Narahari Sonar was a great Shiva Bhakta who lived in Pandharpur. He worshipped Mallikarjuna Shiva temple near Vittal Temple, but never looked at Vithoba's temple even once. He was a gold Smith who was excellent in his work.
One day a merchant who was childless offered to donate a gold kavacham to Panduranga if he is blessed with a child. His prayer was answered and merchant visited Narahari Sonar, and requested him to make kavach. But Narahari Sonar a being a Shiva Bhaktha denied this. The merchant
Pleaded that he will bring measurements of Panduranga so that Narahari need not come to temple.

Narahari agreed to make the jewel & made jewel with measurement provided, when it was offered to Panduranga it turned out to be very small. Measurement was taken again but this time
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#sculpture #story -

Chandesha-Anugraha Murti - One of the Sculpture in Brihadeshwara Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram - built by Raja Rajendra Chola I

This Sculpture depicts Bhagwan Shiva along with Devi Paravathi blessing Chandeshwara - one of the 63 Nayanmars.

Chandeshwara/Chandikeshwara is regarded as custodian of Shiva Temple's wealth&most of Shiva temples in South India has separate sannathi for him.

His bhakti for Bhagwan Shiva elevated him as one of foremost among Nayanmars.
He gave importance to Shiva Pooja&protection of cows.
There are series of paintings, illustrating the #story of Chandikeshwar in the premises of
Sri Sathiyagireeswarar #Temple at Seinganur,near Kumbakonam,TN

Chandikeshwara's birth name
is Vichara sarman.He was born in the village of Senganur on the banks of River Manni.
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Why do Panduranga Vittala wear earings of Fish

In Vitthal Rukmini Pandharpur story, Vitthal prabhu wears fish as earings. Vithoba, also known as Vitthal, is a form of Shri Krishna. Vithoba is standing on a brick thrown by the devotee Pundalik.
He wears a necklace of
of tulsi-beads, with kaustubha gem,& makara-kundala(earrings of fish)

It is said that a poor fisherman came to worship Vittal prabhu with 2 fishes. He was not allowed to enter in Temple with fish in hand. To this the poor fisherman replied “I have come here to meet Vittal and
fishing is my occupation".

He didn't have money to buy and offer Prabhu, all he had was 2 fishes that he caught and wished a darshan.

Hearing this Vitthal himself came out, accepted the fish and wore it as a earings and told that he will accept anything from anybody
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#OnJuly07, 2020 🇭🇹

#Story ina part A na B

📋Historia ya Haiti

📋Mauaji ya Rais @moisejovenel

👩‍💻Unajua tangu ipate uhuru imeongozwa zaidi ya marais 49, kati yao 9 ndio walimaliza vipndi vyao bila kupinduliwa/kuuawa wakiwa madarakani?
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Usiku Julai 7 watu wenye silaha walivamia makazi binafsi Rais @moisejovenel wa Haiti na kumuuawa. N MAUAJI yaliyoshtua Haiti, ingawa bado haijulikani nani aliyeajiri wauaji na kwanini, lkn mercenaries wa Colombia na Marekani walikamatwa kufuatia mauaji yale.
RT iwafikie wengi👇
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Naona 📱 iko Low baada ya nusu saa hv nitarudi kukiwasha.

Hii nchi ni mapinduzi, kuuawa, kutiwa sumu ukiwa madarakani mpk le👇 ImageImage
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Author #challenge

Build a novel where the POV bounces between 2 leads

Both of which suspect the other is an unreliable narrator

Maybe break the "4th wall" of the book???

In the end ... Gotta be ambiguous with no clear answer who was the reliable narrator

And its on Mars

In a post apocalyptic setting

So each survivor has their own hut of shelter but the paranoia has torrent so vast, no one ventures out of said shelter w/o fully ID coverage ... No faces shown, communication is done thru a talk to text display in chest
*torrent to gotten
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#sculpture #Story #Thread -

Bhagwan Shiva as Guru sitting under Kurunta tree giving Upadesham to Manikkavasagar (Vadhavooran)

Athmanatha Swamy Kovil,
Avudaiyarkoil,TN - Dedicated to Shiva - was built by Manikkavasagar who was earlier a minister of Raja Arimarthana Pandyan
Also known as Thirupendhurai Kovil.Manikkavasagar(Vadhavooran) had built this temple with
money that the Raja had entrusted him for purchasing Arabian horses.Vandhavooran was a shiva bhakt & was thinking of finding a Guru to get proper Upadesham.
He had to pass by a place called Tirupperunthurai.As he was passing by place,he heard chants of Vedic hymns & was drawn to it.He saw an old man sitting under a Kuruntha tree,that very moment he felt, that person was his Guru.
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A kutty #Story
Teacher addresses a student & asks: “How many kidneys do we have?"
“Four!", The backbencher student responds.
“Four? Haha,” The teacher was one of those who took pleasure in picking on his students' mistakes and demoralizing them.
“Bring a bundle of grass, because we have a donkey in the room," the teacher orders a front bencher.
“And for me a coffee!”, the backbencher student added.
The teacher was furious & expelled the student from the room.
The student was, by the way, a famous humorist namely
Aparicio Torelly Aporelly (1895-1971), better known as the "Baron de Itararé".
On his way out of the classroom, the student still had the audacity to correct the furious teacher:
"You asked me how many kidneys‘ *we have*. "We have four: two of mine & two of yours. *‘We have’*
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About a month back, I completed an online course called Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte (@fortelabs).

Going through the course and reflecting on its implications, I realised something.

As a student in #BASB12, I was getting a ringside view to something remarkable.
Something that folks a few decades from now will herald as a breakthrough in personal knowledge management and productivity.

Something that is essentially a revolutionary new software OS for the Knowledge Era.

Here’s why.
A revolution requires the right hardware and software

In the early 1700s, many folks in Britain were grappling with a peculiar problem. How to get water out of coal mines. Since the coal mines were underground, they tended to get frequently flooded.
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A Zen Story: Become a Lake
An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked
“Salty and awful,” said the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water,
the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man.
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Zen Story: On Oneness

There was once a holy man who lived in a state of ecstasy, but was regarded by everyone as insane. One day, having begged for food in the village, he sat by the roadside and began to eat when a dog came up and looked at him hungrily.
The holy man then began to feed the dog; he himself would take a morsel, then give a morsel to the dog as though he and the dog were old friends. Soon a crowd gathered around the two of them to watch this extraordinary sight.
One of the men in the crowd jeered at the holy man. He said to the others, "What can you expect from someone so crazy that he is not able to distinguish between a human being and a dog?"
The holy man replied, "Why do you laugh? Do you not see Vishnu seated with Vishnu?
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A Zen Story - Taming the animals
One day one person climbed up a mountain where a hermit woman was meditating.
She had taken refuge and was asked:
- “What are you doing here alone in such a solitude place?”
To which she replied:
- “I have lots of work !”
- “And how can you have so much work?
I don't see anything around you here...?”
- “I have to train two hawks and two eagles, assure two rabbits, discipline one snake, motivate a donkey and tame a lion.....”
- “And, where have they gone that I don't see them?”
- “I have them all inside here within me...!!
✓ The hawks stare on everything that is presented to me, good or bad, I have to work on them to see only good things. They are my eyes.
✓ The two eagles with their claws hurt and destroy, I have to train them not to hurt.
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