“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

Sage and Date

Once upon a time.  A monk was going to his hut located in the forest outside the village.  There was a market on the way.  While passing through the market, the sight of the monk fell on a lot of baskets kept in a shop.  Were kept in it.


Seeing this, the sadhu’s mind was enticed.  In his mind, a desire to eat Khujur arose.  But at that time he did not have money.  He kept control of his desire and came to the hut.


Even after reaching the hut, the idea of   Khujur could not come out of the mind of the monk.  He kept thinking about the same.  He could not even sleep properly at night.  The next morning when he woke up, he started thinking about arranging money to fulfill his desire to eat dates.


Thinking that selling dry wood would be a surety for purchasing money, he went to the forest and started picking dry wood.  After collecting enough wood, he made a bundle of it and loaded it on his shoulder, and walked towards the market.


The bundle of girls was heavy.  It was not easy to lift the distance to the market.  But the monk went on.  After a while, his shoulder started to ache.  So he stopped at one place to rest.  After resting for a while, he again started picking up wood.  In a similar way, somehow he reached the market with a bundle of sticks.


He sold all the wood in the market.  Now he has collected so much money so that he can buy the dates.  He was very happy and reached the date store.  With all the money, he bought the date and went back to his hut.


While going towards the hut, he got the idea that today I have a desire to eat Khuzur.  Maybe the desire for something else tomorrow.  Sometimes the desire for new clothes will awaken, sometimes it will be of a good home.  Sometimes of women and children, sometimes of wealth.  I am a saintly person.  In this way, I will become the slave of desires.



As soon as this idea came, the monk gave up the idea of eating Khujur.  At that time a poor person was passing by him.  The monk called him and gave him all the dates.  In this way, he saved himself from becoming a slave of desires.


Lesson – If we lose in front of all our desires, then we will become slaves of our desires forever.  The mind is fickle  Desire continues to arise in it.  Which can be fair and also unfair.  In such a situation it is necessary to control desires.  Only after assessing the desires, action should be taken to fulfill them.  Only then life will be successful.  We do not have to make slaves of desires, but we have to make desires our slaves.

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