Buddha's Lesson on Wasting
A disciple of Buddha, said – “Oh Master! I have a request to make.”
Buddha looked at the disciple’s attire and found that his garment was absolutely
in tatters and really needed replacement, so he asked his store-keeper to give
him a new robe.
Buddha kept thinking about the incident and felt that he had perhaps missed an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson to the disciple. So he went to the disciple’s quarters to talk to him.
Buddha – “Are you comfortable in your new robe? Do you need anything else?”
Buddha – “Now that you have a new one, what have you done with the old one?”
Buddha – “What did you do with the old bedspread?”
Buddha – “Did you discard your old window curtain?”
Buddha – “Then what about the old kitchen napkins?”
Buddha – “Where is the old mop?”
Buddha was content to hear this. He was very happy that his disciples realized that nothing is useless. We can find a use for everything, if only we want to! Nothing should be wasted; not even our time.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 05/09/04 | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | Modified on 01/05/13