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જાન્યુઆરી 5, 2010 at 4:54 પી એમ(pm) 2 comments

The Tao Of


One day, the sage gave the disciple an empty sack and a

basket of potatoes. “Think of all the people who have

done or said something against you in the recent past,

especially those you cannot forgive.For each of

them, inscribe the name on a potato and put it in the


The disciple came up quite a few names, and soon

his sack was heavy with potatoes.

“Carry the sack with you wherever you go for a

week,” said the sage. “We’ll talk after



first, the disciple thought nothing of it. Carrying the sack

was not particularly difficult. But after a while, it became

more of a burden. It sometimes got in the way, and it seemed

to require more effort to carry as time went on, even though

its weight remained the same.

After a few days, the sack began to smell. The

carved potatoes gave off a ripe odor. Not only were they

increasingly inconvenient to carry around, they were also

becoming rather unpleasant.

Finally, the week was over. The sage summoned the

disciple. “Any thoughts about all


“Yes, Master,” the disciple replied.

“When we are unable to forgive others, we carry

negative feelings with us everywhere, much like these

potatoes. That negativity becomes a burden to us and, after

a while, it festers.”

“Yes, that is exactly what happens when one

holds a grudge. So, how can we lighten the


“We must strive to forgive.”

“Forgiving someone is the equivalent of

removing the corresponding potato from the sack. How many of

your transgressors are you able to


“I’ve thought about it quite a bit,

Master,” the disciple said. “It required much

effort, but I have decided to forgive all of


“Very well, we can remove all the potatoes.

Were there any more people who transgressed against you this

last week?”

The disciple thought for a while and admitted there

were. Then he felt panic when he realized his empty sack was

about to get filled up again.

“Master,” he asked, “if we continue

like this, wouldn’t there always be potatoes in the sack

week after week?”

“Yes, as long as people speak or act against

you in some way, you will always have


“But Master, we can never control what others

do. So what good is the Tao in this case?”

“We’re not at the realm of the Tao yet.

Everything we have talked about so far is the conventional

approach to forgiveness. It is the same thing that many

philosophies and most religions preach – we must constantly

strive to forgive, for it is an important virtue. This is

not the Tao because there is no striving in the


“Then what is the Tao,


“You can figure it out. If the potatoes are

negative feelings, then what is the sack?”

“The sack is… That which allows me to hold

on to the negativity. It is something within us that makes

us dwell on feeling offended…. Ah, it is my inflated sense

of self-importance. ”

“And what will happen if you let go of


“Then… The things that people do or say

against me no longer seem like such a major


“In that case, you won’t have any names to

inscribe on potatoes. That means no more weight to carry

around, and no more bad smells.

The Tao of forgiveness is the conscious decision to

not just to remove some potatoes… But to relinquish the

entire sack.”

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  • 1. dilip j shukla  |  ઓક્ટોબર 22, 2010 પર 2:18 એ એમ (am)

    i wnt yo email this message to another person.how to do it.please explain .thanking u dilip shukla ahmadabad gujrat

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  • 2. gdesai  |  ઓક્ટોબર 26, 2010 પર 5:36 પી એમ(pm)



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