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Buddha in a Shopping Mall

Once as a wandering preacher in the forests Buddha arrived in a metropolitan city to see the changes happening in the world. The most 
beautiful object that caught his attention was the sightly construction of a multiplex shopping mall with scenic glass windows.


He decided to have some window shopping. His disciples got astonishment and filled with a deep fear on their faces. They requested him, Oh venerable One! we
have been with you for years but still we are unable to understand both you and the truth. But as far as we are able to understand your teachings, it’s based on 
the central theme of ‘Desire is the Root Cause of Suffering’, hence, ‘Renounce the 
worldly possessions and take a recluse’.


We can't question neither of your teachings nor your actions. But please think once again that your this act will give a wrong message to the society and
will spoil your reputation as the most exalted one of all times.


Buddha just smiled and didn’t answered anything as in his usual teaching Way.
He kept his foot at the entry point and opened his half-closed eyes to the full.
It has been ages passed since he renounced his golden jewellery and pearl embedded clothes as a prince. It has been long since he ate the royal food. He has almost forgotten the luxury of the mansion.


But now he got quite impressed to see the advancements of technology in the 21st century and the luxury available to the common masses that were even dream to the kings of the royal palace.


He looked at the elegant designer clothes, latest models of smartphones,
tablets and Mac laptops. He observed the seductive advertisements of newly 
launched products and services that promise the well being of health, wealth and happiness. 


He got quite impressed with the adwords of ‘Impress the World 
with the Fragrance of our freshly prepared Perfume’.


‘The world will Bow down to You with your Smart looks but it’s only possible by applying our Pro version of Fairness cream with UV protection powered by advanced Laser Technology’.


‘Just reduce the ads of your advertisements with our ad experts exclusively 
trained to help You to Minimize your Costs’.


‘You are the One for whom She is Waiting. The fragrance of daffodils grown in Himalayas in our latest perfume that fumes without fume.’


‘Created by Love, Designed with Intelligence. Don’t underestimate your expertise to
choose the good from bad. Just Buy it!’


‘The last chance, don’t miss it. 99.99 percent discount exclusively to save your 
hard earned Money. You know we care for You.’


‘We Love your Loved One’s more than You Love them.’ Sign up. Offer solely for those who Really Love their Loved ones. Prove it. Sign it!


Buddha’s smile got widened and he moved. He really started liking the aesthetic beauty of this place that was even sweeter than the sweetness of his teachings. A thought just came to his mind.


He moved further and observed the ice-cream parlor behind the beauty parlor,  next to the ‘DreamZ Cinemas’ currently picturing ‘Buddha...The Final War ’. 
The child in him got curious to taste the taste of the latest arrival Cold Stone Creamory. It was really fascinating to even the Gods of Heavens.


It has been long since he was roaming. Now it was time to do some real shopping. He went to the ‘Menz Perfection...Define your own Style’ next to 
‘Your Shoe Shop...Waiting just for You to Come’. 


The sales girl with a melody of speech and a sweet voice greeted him and 
said, ‘Sir, I will be pleased to help you to select the best choice of your choice.’


Buddha silently uttered a few words that were just like his silent sermons.
‘Mam, Can I get a piece of loincloth?’


The girl waited for a few seconds and filled with deep sorrow on her face replied,


‘I am extremely sorry Sir, this is the only cloth in our collection that is out of stock.’


Listening to it the sales manager took the matters into his hand.


But don’t worry Sir, we take care of our customers more than they take care of themselves. Just give your address and phone number and the product will be shipped to your home before you reach the home.


Would you like to swipe your Credit Card and if you like the product please order it for the rest of your disciples and we will offer ‘one’ as a gift to you, how can we take the money from the Most Exalted One himself.


Before the Buddha could answer anything, the sales manager was sitting folding his hand at the feet of the venerable one. Sir, our reputation is in your hands. 
Bless me. We are ordinary people, we can’t afford this news to run in the Media 
that the Great Buddha went from our shopping mall empty-handed.


Buddha kept standing smiling, smiling and just smiling like the smile on your face.


Can You Understand the reason for the smile of both ‘Buddha and You’?


The Moral: There are no Morals, there is only Wisdom and the Beauty of Wisdom is that it can't be communicated in Words. Those who try to communicate Wisdom in Words appear to be Fools.


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