Is That So?

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The Zen master Hakuin was highly praised by his neighbors for living a pure life. A beautiful Japanese girl, whose parents owned a food store, lived near him. Suddenly, one day her parents
discovered she was pregnant.

Submitted: September 11, 2018

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The Zen master Hakuin was highly praised by his neighbors for living a pure life.

A beautiful Japanese girl, whose parents owned a food store, lived near him. Suddenly, one day her parents discovered she was pregnant.

This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much persistence by her parents to know, she at last named Hakuin.

The parents went to the master and angrily told the whole incidence, holding him responsible for the wrong deed.

“Is that so?” was all he would say.

After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him.  But, on the contrary, he took very good care of the child. He arranged for milk and everything else the little one needed. The master never expressed his unhappiness to her for ruining his reputation. He continued to look well after the mother and the child without any complaint. 

A year later, the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth that the real father of the child was a young man, who worked in the fish market.

The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask his forgiveness, to apologize at length and to get the child back again.

Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: “Is that so?”

The parable narrates that the master remains unaffected by his trying circumstances he is thrown into, maintaining his emotional equanimity. The individuals who can attain it can be counted on the fingers of one hand. For a mortal being, though it seems extremely difficult, it is possible to attain such an emotional equanimity!

 

 


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