The Light Of The World

There was a certain Brahman in Kosambi, a wrangler and well

versed in the Vedas. As he found no one whom he regarded his

equal in debate he used to carry a lighted torch in his hand, and

when asked for the reason of his strange conduct, he replied:

"The world is so dark that I carry this torch to light it up, as

far as I can."

A samana sitting in the market-place heard these words and said:

"My friend, if thine eyes are blind to the sight of the

omnipresent light of the day, do not call the world dark. Thy

torch adds nothing to the glory of the sun and thy intention to

illumine the minds of others is as futile as it is arrogant."

Whereupon the Brahman asked: "Where is the sun of which thou

speakest?" And the samana replied: "The wisdom of the Tathagata

is the sun of the mind. His radiancy is glorious by day and

night, and he whose faith is strong will not lack light on the

path to Nirvana where he will inherit bliss everlasting."

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