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Fables

The Kings' Clothes

Once upon a time there was a rustic who stole garments from the palace and then escaped to a remote place. The king sent men to search for him in all directions. Finally, he was arrested and taken to the king who accused him of theft and asked him where he had got the clothes.

The rustic answered that they belonged to his grandfather. The king then ordered him to put them on. He did not know how to wear them.

He put on his arms what should be worn on his legs. What he ought to have on his waist, he put on his head. Seeing this, the king summoned his ministers for consultation on the matter.

"If the clothes belonged to your grandfather, you should know how to wear them. How can you wear them in all wrong ways? It's certain that they are not your old clothes. You have stolen them," said the king.

Often people eavesdrop on Buddhism and misinterpret it - because they do not know the real meaning of its teachings.



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