Gautama sat under the shady banyan tree meditating, contemplating the cause of all human misery. After decades of contemplation he arrived at an answer:
“The root cause of all misery is attachment. One’s mind needs be detached from life, like water on a lotus leaf”.
A drought-stricken village buzzed with the news of the enlightening discovery:
“Gautama has found the cause of all misery!”
“Let’s go hear it. Maybe now we can save our failing crops. Our dying cows!”
They all packed to go, except Sudama. He continued to dig a well ,undeterred by the unrelenting sun. Beads of sweat glinting like diamonds, rolled off his torso, like water on a lotus leaf.
The above 113 word story , set in ancient India, is based on religious quotes on Lotus leaves/water from the Bhagavad Gita and Buddha’s quest for enlightenment.
The ‘Gita’ has a quote which roughly translates to : “One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”
This is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week. PHOTO PROMPT – © Santoshwriter
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