A man asked a farmer, “Have you planted wheat?” The farmer replied, “No, I’m worried that it will rain.” “Have you planted cotton?” The farmer answered, “No, I’m afraid the worms will eat the seeds”. “What have you planted then?” the man questioned. The farmer said, “Nothing at all. I won’t sow the seeds unless I am certain they will grow safely”.

A person who is unwilling to make the effort and take risks will be a complete failure in life. Likewise, a person who is reluctant to help others will never become a Buddha or a Bodhisattva. Only those who show love, devote their time to helping people, tame their desires and possess the state of mind of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas can become a true Buddha in the Human Realm.

Inspirational Short Stories: The Reluctant Farmer