Put It Down


The Kung Brahmin had great power but still had a wisp of trouble in his heart. So he used his magic power and raised two flowering acacia and sycamore trees in both hands to consult the Buddha. Buddha kindly said to him: “Let’s put it down.” Brahmin put down the acacia tree in his left hand. Buddha said: ” Let’s put it down.” He put down the sycamore tree in his right hand again. The Buddha continued, ” Let’s put it down.” Surprised, he asked the Buddha, “Lord, my hands are empty. I have nothing else to put down.”

The Buddha smiled and said, “What you really want to let go of is the persistence in your heart. When you let go of all the attachments in your heart, you can transcend life and death.” Brahmin immediately was enlightened.

This image is from Lynn Yang.

Tangible things, which people can see and touch, are easy to put down. Invisible things like desires, attachments, beliefs, consciousnesses, humanities, and shackles, people can hardly let go of, but they should also be put down.

The following is the Chinese version-

放下

黑氏婆罗门修炼成了大神通,心中仍有一缕无明的烦恼。于是,他就使用神力,双手举起两棵鲜花盛开的合欢树与梧桐树,来向佛祖请教。佛祖亲切地对他说:“放下吧。”黑氏将左手的合欢树放了下来。佛祖又说:“放下吧。”黑氏又将右手的梧桐树放了下来。佛祖继续说到:“放下吧。”黑氏一怔,大惑不解,就问佛祖说:“世尊,我两手已经空空,没有什么可以放下了?”

佛陀微微一笑,说:“你真正要放下的,是心中的执著。当你放下了心中所有的执著,才能超脱生死。”黑氏当下大悟。

有形之物,人们看得见,摸得着,容易放下。无形之物,欲望,执著,信念,意识,人文枷锁,人们难以放下,却更应该放下。

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