Friday, April 21, 2006

Lesson from Fingers

There was a war between the four Fingers and Thumb of a Hand .
Each was hot arguing : “I am the most important and grand.”

The Thumb said, “I am the Anchor … you know my might ?”
“Without ME, can you ever hold a pen to write?”

“You give the ‘Thumbs-Up’ when things go on well.”
“I’m really LORD over you, need I tell?"

The Index Finger disagreed and shouted loudly,
“I am the KING … I am the Pointer, don’t you all see?”

“I’m The Finger that shows authority.
“I point and command … people obey ME!"

The Middle Finger yelled, “I’m the tallest of you all !”
“Standing beside ME, you all look so lowly and small.”

“I am most elegant, dignified and majestic in look.”
The Middle Finger had never felt so important and good.

“Hey ! Don’t forget an Engagement or Wedding !”
The Ring Finger thundered amidst the great din.

“Rings, a Symbol of Importance, are worn on ME!"
"ME, the Ring Finger is NUMBER ONE certainly."

Not to be outdone, the Little Finger shot out :
“I am the most important,” it gave a loud shout.

“When we all pray, who is the nearest to God?"
“You can see now who is closest to the Lord."

The Hand got annoyed with all this talk.
“Why are you all so petty?” he scolded the lot.

“Everyone of you, small or big, short or long
Is important in every way, Right or Wrong ?”

Brothers and Sisters of Humanity
What Lesson can you learn from this Story ?


weishen said...

Everyone is important, be he or she be small, big, holding high position, or playing petty roles. No one is more superior than the other. Respect every individual and treat everyone as equal. Fighting over recognition as the best will never produce desired results, it will only create enmity and hatred causing us to forget the main purpose of life---to help each other to create a better world.

Metta said...

Well said! There is good Dhamma in your thoughts.
As long as one does not realize Non-self ( Anatta ), one will continue to experience Dukkha in Samsara. It's the 'EGO' , the "I" that is the root cause of suffering ... of fear, of the sense of insecurity, of disappointment & sorrow, of mental anguish and a host of other painful mental states.
Strive on to realize ANATTA!