Two Phonegyi Kyaung Thas were arguing vehemently.
Maung Mei : “There are Four Pitaka”.
Maung Phyu : “There are Three Pitaka”.
The Sayadaw scolded Maung Phyu, “You are wasting your time and energy trying to educate an Ignoramus.”
Lesson : Do not listen to MRTV, MWD, Kyemon and Myanmar Ah Lin
My father volunteered for a society that rehabilitated Bain Sars. He gave money to a recovering Bain Sar for his journey back home. It was a random act of kindness.
During the World War, my parents decided to take refuge at Neikbeinda Monastery in Prome (Pyay). My father sent his assistant. He encountered a group of bandits. He pleaded not to take away the possessions belonging to my father. The bandit leader — former Bain Sar — led the assistant safely to Neikbeinda and also gave some condensed milk cans.
Lesson : Even Bain Sar turned Bandit appreciates Metta (Unbounded Love) and Karuna (Compassion)
One group of soldiers ransacked the homes of my maternal grandfather. One uncle was detained along with his cock brothers.
Another group of soldiers treated my father and his siblings well. The leader was a Professor with a gentle heart.
Lesson: Orders should not be followed blindly
During the World War
- there was a Truce and an impromptu soccer game between the Germans and Allied Force soldiers
- a family hosting Christmas Dinner for two soldiers (German and Allied Force)
- Schindler’s List (Oscar award winning movie about a German and Jewish employees)
Lesson : There are Oases in a desert
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