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Is That So?

 

The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.

 

A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child.

 

This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.

 

In great anger the parents went to the master. "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 he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbors and everything else the little one needed.

 

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?"

 

 

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Comment by Christian Torres on July 6, 2011 at 7:35pm
Absolutely Bob, great breakdown of ultimate understanding.
Comment by Mudo Bob Lohrmann on July 5, 2011 at 5:34pm
It is a story of accepting your karma without resistance. I don't think that means without emotion. Hakuin accepted his karma unconditionally when he accepted that tiny baby without hesitation. For a year that tiny creature was under his care. He changed her diapers when they were dirty, fed her milk when she was hungry, held her when she cried and laughed with shared delight when she laughed at the faces he made. Along the way he lost his reputation, branded a hypocrite and a phony. That was his karma. Imagine the sorrowful day when the grandparents came to beg his forgiveness and claim that baby. He handed her back without hesitation but I'm sure there was great sadness in his heart at the loss. Yet he accepted his karma with the words, "is that so" because it, indeed, was so. What a lesson!
Comment by Christian Torres on May 12, 2011 at 12:05pm
Yes it is Marty.
Comment by Marty cendroski on May 11, 2011 at 8:43am
Is that so?

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