The Sickman's Bed Is Inside
Once there was an old woman. She lived with her one and only
son. One day, the son caught a serious illness. The old woman
was very fond of her son and so prepared his bed inside the
house to provide extra care, while she slept outside.
One night, a buffalo, which had run loose in the village, came
to where the old woman was sleeping. The buffalo had an itch
and began scratching its head against the leg of the bed. Its
force rocked the bed and startled the old woman from her sleep.
She saw the buffalo and was shocked.
She remembered hearing in the religious discourses that the
Lord of Death comes on a buffalo to collect people at the time
of their death. She thought very quickly, ''Since my son is
very ill, it is certain that the Lord of Death has come to take
him away, but by mistake, he seems to be pulling my bed.''
She at once spoke
out, ''Look, I'm quite well. The sick man's bed is inside.''
This amply shows the selfishness of worldly relation- ships.
One must rise above them and worship God.
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