March 31, 2008
In a small village near the edge of the forest, there once lived a buffalo boy who had no mother or father. His uncle, who was the chief cook for the king, pitied the poor boy. So he invited the boy to stay with him in the palace. The grateful boy worked hard to help his uncle. He washed the plates, polished the cups, cleaned the dining room tables and mopped the floors. At the end of each month, his uncle gave him six sen as his wages.
Now the king frequently inspected the palace quarters. He often noticed the hardworking boy mopping the floors or polishing the cups, cheerfully and in good humor.
One day the king asked the boy, “Do you receive wages for your hard work?”
The boy bowed and said, “Yes, I do, Your Majesty. I earn six sen every month”
Then the king asked, “Do you think you are rich or do you think you are poor?”
“Your Majesty,” the boy replied, “I think that I am as rich as a king”
The king was taken by surprise. “Why is this poor boy talking such nonsense?” he mused to himself.
Once more, the king spoke to the boy, “I am a king and I have all the power and richest of this country. You earn only six sen a month. Why do you say you are as rich as I am?”
The boy laid down his broom and slowly replied to the king, “Your Majesty, I may receive only six sen each month, but I eat from one plate and you also eat from one plate. I sleep for one night and you also sleep for one night. We eat and sleep the same. There is no difference. Now, Your Majesty, do you understand why I say that I am as rich as a king?”
The king understood and was satisfied.
The Buddha preached about the equality of all human beings. In this story, a vain king, too proud of his wealth, is taught by his lowly servant that in the most important things of life, all men are equal brothers.
March 30, 2008
In a thick forest there was a lake where grew the kinds of agnatic plant such as water-lily and lotus.
One in the dry season a thirsty lamb went to the lake for drinking water.
Some where near the lake there lived a jackal. Seeing the lamb, the jackal was tempted to eat it. But it thought, “If I capture it and eat directly, it will not be anything very clever”
With this thought, the jackal approached the lamb and said, “Hey, what a naughty creature you are! Why do you make the limpid water so dirty that I cannot drink?”
Accused by the jackal, the lamb replied, “Why! I am standing downstream while you are upstream; how can the water be made dirty by me flow upstream?”
This reasonable reply made the jackal speechless. Then it made another accusation “Let it be so” it said “But why do you speak ill of me last year?”
Being terrified, the lamb said, “Last year was time when I was not born, how could I speak ill of you then?”
This reply, too, was to gag the jackal’s mouth. But the jackal was too persistent in accusation. It went on, “If it was not you, then it was your brother!” the lamb said humbly, “I have neither a brother nor a sister!”
The jackal on hearing this became very angry. Its face turned dark, “If it was not your brother” if bellowed, “Then it was surely your parents or grandparents who abused me”
Who has no parents and grandparents?
This accusation was too difficult to be disproved. The lamb then had no way to escape. It was at once killed by the jackal and eaten up?
Sunday tngay ah-dtue
Monday tngay jahn
Tuesday tngay ong-kia
Wednesday tngay bput
Thursday tngay bproh-hoes
Friday tngay sohk
Saturday tngay saov
6 bprahm moouy
7 bprahm bpi
8 bprahm bey
9 bprahm booun
11 dop moouy
12 dop bpi
13 dop bey
14 dop booun
15 dop bprahm
16 dop bprahm moouy
17 dop bprahm bpi
18 dop bprahm bey
19 dop bprahm booun
21 m’pey moouy
22 m’pey bpi
23 m’pey bey
24 m’pey booun
25 m’pey bprahm
50 hah seu-p
1 million moouy-lein
March 29, 2008
There was a rabbit who lived under a palm tree near a hillock. One day he was sound asleep, when a ripe palm fruit fell down on the ground near by. He heard the cracking sound of the dried palm leaves.
Then, they approached the donkey and said roughly to the old man, “This young donkey is fat and pretty, it is worthy of the young man who is in the same happy state; an old man like you is not fit to ride on it!”
When the old man and his son heard such unkind words, they began to discuss. The father said, “First, when we carried the donkey we received and advice. Later, as you rode on the donkey, you got the blame. Afterwards I ride and encounter unkind words from these young women. What should we do to save ourselves from unpleasant words?”
After a thorough discussion, they found out a solution “Now, we ride together on it, you sit in front and I behind you” decided the old man. And sitting like that, they continued the journey.
After crossing some distance, they reached a custom-house. They were then seen by the officer of the custom-house, who asked, “Where are you going, men?”
“We are going to the village of Kompong” they answered.
And the officer blamed them “Your donkey is not strong and old enough to carry both of you. If you keep on riding along as far as the village of Kompong, it will become thin and its price will go down. How foolish you are! Why don’t you let it walk?”
Again they got off the donkey and led it by means of a rope. When they arrived at a field, there was no road for them to go any further. So they began to cross it to find another way.
The owner of the field who was working there cried out from a distance, “Walk carefully, old man! My field is full of thorns for it is not yet cleaned up. But you have a donkey, why don’t you ride it to avoid the thorns? Why do you treat it as your ruler? How foolish you are!”
After such an experience of life, the father and the son spoke to each other, “We cannot be in agreement with all people. See, we receive so much blame. What is good for one man may be bad for another. When it is fruitful for one, it may to fruitless for another, come along, we nevertheless, have to put up with all the blame”
And then they went on and reached at last the village of Kompong. There, they sold their donkey for a reasonable price and started for home without further loss of time.