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BEYOND SORROW

BEYOND SORROW

The wise harm no one. They are masters of their bodies and they go to the boundless country. They go beyond sorrow.
Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada.

And who is wise? Not the one who knows much, but the one who understands much. The wise is not one who has all the scriptures at the tip of his tongue; the wise is one who has seen his own reality, and seeing it has become aware of the universe and its beauty and its intelligence. The wise is one who has seen the wisdom of existence; he is not knowledgeable, but he is absolutely innocent. How can he harm anyone? - that is impossible, because he can′t see others as different from himself. He sees the whole as one.
Beware of knowledgeable people, beware of the so-called experienced, they are not wise.
Two women were sitting in the doctor′s waiting room, comparing notes on their various disorders.
″I want a baby more than anything in the world,″ said the first, ″but I guess it′s impossible.″
″I used to feel just the same way,″ said the second, ″but then everything changed. That′s why I′m here; I′m going to have a baby in three months.″
″You must tell me what you did!″
″I went to a faith healer.″
″But I have tried that. My husband and I went to one for nearly a year and it didn′t help a bit.″
The other woman smiled and whispered, ″Try going alone next time, dear.″
The experienced people, the people who have lived life... they appear wise; they are not wise, they are only mature fools.
And mature fools are more dangerous than the immature fools, because the mature fool has all the arguments to support his foolishness, all his experience is at his disposal.

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The professor of criminal law was concluding his final lecture before the holidays. ″Remember, gentlemen, if you have an affair with an underage girl, with or without her consent, it is rape! If you have an affair with a girl of age without her consent, that is rape; but if you have an affair with a girl of age with her consent, Merry Christmas!″ These people are wise in a way, wise in the ways of the world; they can give you good advice, but they are not wise in the sense Buddha uses the word. They are as foolish as you are, just a little bit more experienced.
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