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Ice Cube ~ 365 Photos Challenge #268

An old hermit told his two disciples to come down from the top of the mountain. They are Yin and Yang who have learned from him for ten years are asked to see how people live in the crowd and learn fully in order to perfect their lessons. They are free to determine how long they will learn from people, even they are also allowed to decide whether to return to the hermitage or not.

Arriving at the edge of the lake at the foot of the hill, they agreed to split up and learn in their own ways but also agreed to meet each other in the seventh year on the last full moon in the same place. They are determined to return to the hermitage and complete their learn to the old man. Then Yin goes to east and Yang goes west.

Right at the time and place that was promised, Yang arrived at the edge of the lake firstly. Turns out Ying broke his promise. After waiting for several days Ying didn’t appear. Feeling annoyed, curious, and also anxious, Yang went west to look for Ying.

After more than a year of searching, finally, with some information and instructions, Yang managed to find out where Ying was. Apparently, Ying became king in a prosperous kingdom. Feeling increasingly curious about the truth of the information and instructions, Yang came to the kingdom and met the king.

Without encountering any difficulties Who could meet with the king, which turned out to be true that the king was Ying, his friend. While enjoying the banquet, Si expressed his disappointment with Ying who broke his promise. Ying listened to her friend’s complaints carefully then told how he could become king there, how he made all the people of the kingdom who were very poor before and become prosperous then, and also admitted that he did not keep his promises because some programs from his policies to further prosper the kingdom people still needed a little time to be fully completed.

Yang finally understands and can accept the reasons but still insists on returning to the hermitage immediately. Seeing his friend’s disappointment and pique, Yang agreed to leave the kingdom right away. He immediately replaced his fancy clothes with the worn clothes he wore when he came down the mountain and ask Yang out of the kingdom silently through a hidden path.

After traveling far enough and starting to approach the dense forest, suddenly Yang said: “Ying, we have to go back to your kingdom for a while, just a minute.”

“Oh, why Yang?”

“Umm… My prayer beads are left in your palace. I have to take it because that’s very precious and full of memories.”

“Oh, Yang, I have even left the royal palace and all my people to go with you”

“You are right, but mine is a precious gift from an important person I met in my overseas, and has become an important part of me to recite a mantra.”

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    • Thanks for your thought, Pamela.

      Through this kind of story, we can see various perspectives and values of nobility that are our respective priorities. In the end, we have to look at the values of our entire learning process and determine the most important thing to achieve the intention.

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  1. Water is interesting in that its solid form (ice) floats on its liquid form (water). An ice cube when melting is said to sweat. But to me, the essence of what we are willing to leave behind is the what I found deep within this story. What are we willing to leave behind?

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  2. I would be more like Yang. I would have to go back and get the special gift left. Some things cannot be replaced. But you knew that already. The ice cube is Ying and the melted ice represents Yang. They are each part of the other. The Ying to the other Tang sort of speak.

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