Chuang Tzu Story - Monkey Mountain

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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    The Prince of Wu took a boat
    to Monkey Mountain.
    As soon as the monkeys saw him
    they all fled in panic and hid in the treetops.

    One monkey, however, remained, completely unconcerned,
    swinging from branch to branch -
    an extraordinary display.

    The prince shot an arrow at the monkey,
    but the monkey dexterously
    caught the arrow in midflight.

    At this the prince ordered his attendants
    to make a concerted attack.
    In an instant the monkey was shot
    full of arrows and fell dead.

    Then the prince turned to his companion Yen Pu’i,
    “You see what happened?
    This animal advertised his cleverness.
    He trusted his own skill.
    He thought no one could touch him.
    Remember that!
    Do not rely on distinction and talent
    when you deal with men!”

    When they returned home,
    Yen Pu’i became a disciple of a sage
    to get rid of eveything that made him outstanding.
    He renounced every pleasure.
    He learned to hide every distinction.

    Soon no one in the kingdom
    knew what to make of him.
    Thus they held him in awe.

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