The Zen Story Continued

Posted: August 29, 2014 in Motivation

One day, Mara, the Evil One, was going through a village with his attendant when he saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up in wonder. The man had just discovered something lying in front of him. Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.” His attendant thought a while and asked, “Does it not bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” Unfazed, Mara replied, “No, because right after that, they usually make a religion out of it.”

Sure enough, the man picked up the piece of truth and took it home where he cleaned and polished it till it gleamed more than a diamond. Then he began travelling all over the country preac6b0f429afe4ef37afd502002f1aaf50e_1408949961hing about the truth until he had gathered a few close disciples around him and a large following of people who quickly became his devotees and, over time, the movement turned into a religion.

Seeing this, Mara’s attendant grew fearful. “It’s exactly as you had predicted, O Evil One,” he exclaimed. “But what will happen to us now that Good has yet another name and designation?” Mara smiled victoriously. “What will happen now,” he said, “is that they will begin fighting among themselves and splinter into different denominations. Then they will fight against other religions, and as their mutual hatred grows, we will prosper and emerge stronger.”

Then he gave another victory smile and added, “For, you see, Evil has never had any infighting or any denominations. Our singular unity is the main reason we have been around for so long without any Good ever being able to vanquish us.”

 

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