Learnings in Life – I


A friend of mine and I were discussing about Zen-Buddhism stories. There was a story he shared, said he had read it at various places, many times, yet couldn’t understand the essence of it. I didn’t get it either when I read it. Later we went to different stories and topics and suddenly at the same time we pinged each other saying, I think I got it!. On sharing, we both realized we got the same understanding of it. šŸ™‚

Let me share the story here and see what each of you who reads it, understands. Please do share you insights as it will add value to what I know. Do leave a comment. Thanks. šŸ™‚

The Story:

One day while walking through the wilderness a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger. He ran but soon came to the edge of a high cliff. Desperate to save himself, he climbed down a vine and dangled over the fatal precipice.

As he hung there, two mice appeared from a hole in the cliff and began gnawing on the vine.

Suddenly, he noticed on the vine a plump wild strawberry. He plucked it and popped it in his mouth. It was incredibly delicious!


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Mi says:

    My interpretation : so there is this man being chased by something in his life, and he reaches the tipping point, only to realize, that the run was worthless because finally he is faced with othr situations and he realizes, he should have embraced or dealt with whatever came his way, rather than running after/away from something.. (money or grief).. finally while he is hanging there, he decides to enjoy the last few moments and appreciates the strawberries, getting the gist of life šŸ˜€

    am i any close to what u guys concluded?

    1. Yeah that’s on the same lines as what we interpreted. That it is the small things and simple pleasures which matter in life and we should enjoy them. šŸ™‚

  2. Tatsat says:

    Achu open ended posts are really a treat. Flood of thoughts actually šŸ™‚
    I really must keep my weird interpretations to myself šŸ˜¦

    On a lighter note, jab jaan jaati hai toh kuch bhi sahi lagne lagta hai šŸ˜‰

    1. oh come on! weird or not, you should tell what you got out of it. šŸ™‚

      1. Tatsat says:

        Fair enough. Give me today- have to spend time with your story to come out with something meaningful šŸ™‚

  3. greenboochi says:

    I feel when we run away from our problems, we land up having even more – just like in this story. He wanted to run away from the tiger but ended up hanging off a cliff.
    When he could no longer do anything, his mind wanders off the surroundings to find the nice things even inspite of being in trouble. Our mind just needs a second of peace, no matter how hard life is.. to interpret and look things in a positive tone.

    1. They that’s whole new, beautiful perspective that you brought in here. Thanks. šŸ™‚

  4. Tatsat says:

    That life is a series of accidents.” A box of chocolates ( courtesy Forest Gump ), you never know what you are gonna get“- and if it is so, lets just play every ball to its potential. Remember the song from Hum Dono, Dev Anand waali?

    Carpe Diem šŸ™‚

    1. Your comments and posts are a treasure trove! Truly! šŸ™‚

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