Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Heioshi's Asceticism

Heioshi lived in a cave on the outskirts of town. He was often seen eating the lowliest of foods, often grain and berries, and wild roots. One day a man asked Heioshi, "Sir, it is surely not fit for a man to eat as birds do, nor to live in a cave. How do you maintain such asceticism?"

"It is not hard," Heioshi answered in reply. "When I eat, I imagine myself at a great banquet. My humble food of bread crusts and wild roots are transformed into the finest of delicacies. I imagine my cave, likewise, to be a great mansion overlooking the sea. I drink from the clear pools of rainwater and regard it as from the finest spring. How do I maintain such asceticism? Why, there is no such asceticism to maintain!" --RPM

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