The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


While the Founding Master was staying at Pongnae Hermitage, the dry pond in front of a pavilion filled with water during a big monsoon. Frogs gathered from all directions, spawning numerous tadpoles. After a while, the rain stopped and the weather warmed up, so the pond water began to dry up and it didn’t look like the water would last much longer, but the tadpoles were playing in the pond, wiggling their tails. Seeing this, the Founding Master said, “This is such a distressing sight! Not realizing that their life spans are decreasing moment by moment, they are playing blithely in this manner. But how is this only the case for tadpoles? Human beings are much the same. When a wise person looks at the future of people who spend more than their income or who only abuse their current power, it seems no different than those tadpoles in the shrinking pond.”