Bholaji finds himself in dire trouble. His business has gone bust and he’s in serious financial trouble. He’s so desperate that he decides to ask Ganesh for help. He goes into the temple and begins to pray.
Lotto night comes and somebody else wins it. Bholaji goes back to the temple. “Ganesh please let me win the lotto. I’ve lost my business, my house and I’m going to lose my car as well.”Lotto night comes and Bholaji still has no luck. Back to the temple he goes. “My Ganesh, why have you forsaken me? I’ve lost my business, my house, my car and my wife and children are starving. I don’t often ask you for help and I have always been a good servant to you. Why won’t you just let me win the lotto this one time so I can get my life back in order?”
Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the sky parts open and Bholaji is confronted by the voice of God: “Bholaji, buy a lottery ticket first.”
God replies, “My son, a million years to you is like a second to me.”
The man asks, “God, what is a million dollars to you?” God replies, “My son, a million dollars to you is less than a penny to me. It means almost nothing to me.”
The man asks, “So God, can I have a million dollars?”
And God replies, “In a second.”
A Western Buddhist woman was In india, studying with her teacher. She was riding with another woman friend in a rickshaw-like carriage, when they were attacked by a man on the street. In the end, the attacker only succeeded in frightening the women, but the Buddhist woman was quite upset by the event and told her teacher so. She asked him what she should have done – what would have been the appropriate, Buddhist response.
The teacher said very simply, “You should have very mindfully and with great compassion whacked the attacker over the head with your umbrella.”
The younger monk came out of his meditation and said: “Flag is flapping”
A more experienced monk said: “Wind is flapping”
A third monk who had been there for more than 20 years said: “Mind is flapping.”
The fourth monk who was the eldest said, visibly annoyed: “Mouths are flapping!”
[Collected by Laura Benzel]
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