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Clutching at a Straw
This is an old Japanese story I heard many years ago; yesterday, speaking with oneof my friends about chances and luck, I remembered it and wanted to share it withyou.
Once upon a time, in a village, there lived a poor man. He was not a lazyperson, but no matter what, he could not gather a coin to have for hisliving. After struggling and struggling to make ends meet, somebodyadvised him to go to the temples and implore the grace of Kannon Bosatsu.They say that the Goddess was so compassionate she always answered thefervent prayers and was quick in helping people.So our lad said farewell to his native place andwent walking to the closest great temple ofKannon. He reached there and started to pray,but he got no sign.He ran out of food, but he refused to leave. Hegot so skinny he could barely move, so themonks from the temple fed him, still he wouldspend all day in the temple, praying over andover again. So went by a whole month.In the 30th night, he fell asleep right before dawn and he had a strangedream. He dreamed the Goddess herself coming to him in the temple,speaking furiously"Listen you, I've had enough of your whining! I am sick and tired oflistening to your complaints! Your poverty is a consequence of your badkarma from past lives. Still, since I am the Goddess of Compassion, I cangive you one little chance - just this once! The first thing you'll grab