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Nov 14, 2008 11:31 am re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Economic Doom & Legal Industry

Charu,this is as far away from law as any post can possibly get but since it came up,well...Buddha died not of eating pork but poisoned mushroom...this is the whole story & its a very beautiful story.

A poor man invited Buddha to take meal at his home. Buddha would open his doors early in the morning and whoever would invite him first, he would go to the house.

The invitation by the poor person was accidental. The king was coming to invite him, but on the way his chariot broke down, so he was delayed. He reached there just a few minutes late. By that time Buddha had accepted the invitation of the poor man.

The king said, "I know this man, he has been trying his whole life to invite you, yet he has nothing to offer! Please reject this idea of going to his house."

But Buddha said, "That is impossible. I cannot reject the invitation. I have to go."

So he went. And his going became fatal to his body, cos in in those days the poor men collected mushrooms, dried them, and kept them for the rainy season. They used them as vegetables. Sometimes mushrooms are poisonous. And he prepared mushrooms for Buddha--he had nothing else, just rice n mushrooms.

Buddha ate the mushrooms, they were very bitter, but to say so would hurt the poor man, so he ate them all without saying anything, thanked the man and left. He died of food poisoning.

When he was asked at the last moment, "why did you accept? The king had warned you that the man is so poor, he would not be able to offer you the right food. But you didn't listen."

Buddha said, "It was impossible. Whenever truth is invited it has to accept. And he invited me with such passion and love as nobody has ever invited me-it was worth risking my life."

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