To Taste Apples

This entry is part 29 of 98 in the series Shakyamuni's Fables

Once upon a time, there was an elderly man who sent a servant to buy him some apples. He gave him orders as follows, “You’ll buy some good and sweet apples for me.”

The servant then went on an errand with money. The owner of the apple orchard said to him, “All my apples are good and sweet: There is not a single bad one. You’ll know it when you taste one.”

The servant said, “I’ll buy some after I taste every single one of them. How do I know about the rest. If I only taste one?”

After tasting them one by one, he bought the apples. The master did not like the sight of all these half-eaten apples and he threw them all out.

This is also held to be true with the people at large.

Seeing that all those who keep almsgiving commandment, can acquire great wealth and happiness, physically at ease and mentally stable. People still remark in disbelief, “We’ll believe it if we can get them for ourselves.”

To see for yourself in noble and base, rich and poor of this World, you would attribute those
people to retribution of the previous lives. But they hardly know to deduce the Law of Cause
and Effect, which they are reluctant to draw a general rule from particular instances. It is to
be regretted for their disbelief. For once death approaches them, they have to leave their
worldly possessions just like the elderly man throwing out all the half-eaten apples.

To Taste Apples

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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