Chuang Tzu Story - Three Friends

Discussion in 'Spiritual Stories' started by garry420, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    There were three friends, discussing life.
    One said: “Can men live together and know nothing of it,
    Work together and produce nothing?
    Can they fly around in space and forget to exist,
    World without end?”

    The three friends looked at each other
    And burst out laughing.
    They had no explanation,
    Thus they were better friends than before.

    Then one friend died.
    Confusius sent a disciple
    To help the other two chant his obsequies.

    The disciple found that one friend had composed a song,
    While the other played the lute.

    They sang:
    “Hey, Sung Hu, where’d you go?
    Hey, Sung Hu, wher’d you go?
    You have gone where you really were,
    And we are here – damn it, we are here!”

    Then the disciple of Confucius
    Burst in on them and exclaimed:
    “May I enquire where you found this
    in the rubrics for obsequies,
    this frivolous caroling
    in the presence of the departed?”

    The two friends looked at each other
    And laughed:
    “Poor fellow,
    he does not know the new liturgy!”

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