DECEPTION WITH PEOPLE
Long time ago, there was a different monk of the rest. He didn’t stay locked in Monastery doing prays. When he did his obligations, he always made speeches about the importance to decrease the injustices between people. “There weren’t any apologies on the Scriptures to the existence of rich and poor men”, said him.
After some speeches, crowds gone to see him. This started to annoy some powerful men of the region. Riches were afraid of a popular revolt and the lost of their possessions. They resolved to shut up the monk.
A group very rich of merchants offered money to the Monastery leader, asking his expulsion. The ambitious leader asked the monk to leave.
However, the monk didn’t give up, organized another group of men, who were monks too, and started to build a Monastery.
The merchants didn’t give up too. They offered a lot of money to the monks, who forgot their values as knowing people and abandoned the monk.
The monk resolved to build the Monastery himself and continue his speeches for social justice. Some day, a group of bad men attacked and left him on the ground, with no conscience.
The religious needed some days to recuperate him, but he continued to build the Monastery and made his speeches. When the Monastery was about to finish, the merchants paid people to burn it. And this happened.
The monk saw, with tears in the eyes, his Monastery burning, fruit of much work. He decided, however, to build another Monastery, and started putting the first stone.
A man, who accompanied him since the start, was surprised with his persistence. Resolved to talk to the monk:
– You were expulsed of your Monastery and were finished by your leader. Your friends also left you and you were attacked and had your new Monastery burned by people who should stay with you… However, you continue firm in purpose to help. After all these things, why aren’t you disappointed with people?
The monk answered:
– No… I am not disappointed with people, because I wait nothing from them. I don’t keep any expectative about them. If I were, there was no doubt I would be disappointed, and I couldn’t continue this work. But, as I wait nothing, I will never be sad. The much expectative you have, bigger will be your frustration. This is the essential condition for you to live and to make good things.
(Hugo Lapa from Brazil)