|2-Life and Death|
2-Life and Death
Chuang Tzu's wife had died, so the Emperor also came to pay his respects. Chuang Tzu was a great sage, so even the Emperor came to make condolences. He was also a friend of the Emperor because sometimes he would call Chuang Tzu to his palace to learn his wisdom. Chuang Tzu was just a beggar, but he was a great sage.
The Emperor came. He had rehearsed in his mind what to say to Chuang Tzu because Chuang Tzu's wife had died. He thought of every good things to console him, but the moment he saw Chuang Tzu he became very uneasy, because instead of being sad, Chuang Tzu was singing. He was sitting under a tree playing his instrument, singing loudly. He looked very happy, as if nothing had happened in the morning. Just in the morning his wife had died.
The Emperor became uneasy and he said, "Chuang Tzu, it is enough if you are
not weeping, but the singing is too much. It is going too far!"
He further said - "Life and death are not two things. They are one. The moment someone is born, death is born with him. When you are growing in life you are also growing in death, and whatsoever is known as death is nothing but the peak of your so-called life. So why should I not sing? And, moreover, the poor woman has lived so many years with me, so will you not allow me to sing a little in gratitude when she has left? She must go in peace, harmony, music and love. You weep only when you expect and the expected doesn't happen. I never expected that she was going to be here forever, so when you do not expect, when you do not desire, you cannot be discontented. "
The Emperor had got another wisdom,
Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2001
Modified on 09/30/13