The Buddhist tale that teaches us never to judge life and what happens to us

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Elia Tabuenca García
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This Buddhist tale teaches us not to judge life or even what happens to us because good and evil are interconnected.

Stories are important because they help us live and in the case of Buddhist tales, they offer really valuable lessons. Small and large pearls of wisdom on any subject that make you think, which indicate the way to be at peace with yourself, which suggest how to improve your relationship with others, without pretending to be absolute truths.

The one we have selected today is one Buddhist story about non-judgment and how to learn to avoid it to live better.

The story of the Old Farmer

The story tells of an old farmer who for years had grown his crops by working very hard.

One day his horse ran away and the neighbors told him it was really bad luck to lose him but the farmer replied "maybe".

The horse, the following day, returned together with 3 other horses. The neighbors said it was wonderful but the farmer replied again "maybe".

The next day the farmer's son tried to ride one of the new horses but broke his leg. The neighbors cried out in bad luck and the farmer once again replied "maybe".

The next day some soldiers came to hire young men in the army but the farmer's son was not called as he had a broken leg. The neighbors said it had been a real blessing. But the farmer, as always, replied "maybe".

The meaning of the story

What this story means? The secret of non-judgment is contained in that "perhaps" which reveals how nothing is as it seems and that everything is related to the other. Good and evil, therefore, are interconnected, two sides of the same coin. Nothing is perfect and everything can change at any moment, without warning.

History shows that every event has advantages and disadvantages, and that nothing is completely positive or negative, it depends on the point of view. Life is unpredictable and as much as this mysterious aspect of it destabilizes us, it makes no sense to try to enclose it as we try to do with our constant judgments.

Happiness is still accessible but we should learn, to achieve it, not to judge events too much and to let it go, flowing with the flow of life itself, and practicing the ancient art of non-attachment, which is not by chance central to both Yoga and in Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies.

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