Carrying Stairs for the King

This entry is part 20 of 98 in the series Shakyamuni's Fables

Once upon a time, there was a king who wished to go to the garden named “Free From Care” for a good time. He ordered one of his ministers, “You’ll drag a lounge chair to that garden for me to sit and take rest on.”

The minister considered it a demeaning job for a minister to drag a chair. So he refused to do it and replied, “I would rather carry it on my back with a pole than dragging it.”

Then the king put thirty-six chairs on his back and asked him to carry them to the garden. Such a stupid man was laughed by the people at large.

This is also held to be true with the common people.

Seeing hair fallen from a woman’s head on the ground, people are reluctant to pick it up, in
the name of keeping the commandments. However once disturbed by ignorance and desire,
they do not mind picking up thirty-six unclean things at a time such as hair, capillary, nail,
tooth, excrement, urine etc, without feeling shameful and even keep them as long as they
live. This is just like that stupid man bearing chairs on his back.

Carrying Stairs for the King

Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha (c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE), also known as Siddhārtha Gautama (सिद्धार्थ गौतम) in Sanskrit or Siddhattha Gotama (शिद्धत्थ गोतम) in Pali, Shakyamuni (i.e. "Sage of the Shakyas") Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was a monk (śramaṇa), mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher and religious leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the northeastern part of ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.

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