Feb 13, 2020

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Once, Buddha was teaching in the village Pataliputra in India ,the motherland of the Buddhism. He told a story. There was a rich and holy man living in a village. He is known for his generosity and helping the poor and disabled. Neighboring to his house living a carpenter in a small but with his family who is working hard by his carpentry to earn his livelihood and struggling to look after his family and children.The rich man was daily observing his hard work to look after his family and his poverty.

One day, the rich man called this carpenter and gave him a suitcase filled with full of currency notes ( money) and told him” Take this money and since you are a carpenter, build a grand new house for me appointing well trained and skilled laborers and using number one quality woods, steel, bricks and stones and cement etc. in the site owned by me.

Don’t worry about money and expenditure.you can use as much money as you want in the suitcase. But the house should be strong with good quality materials built by skilled labourers with a grand outlook ! I am going on a pilgrimage for 3months to see some temples and sight seeing places and coming back. By that time, it should be ready to occupy in all aspects.so said and he went on tour.

The carpenter with his perverted mind of craving for money, taking the opportunity of the absence of the rich man built the house by employing low class unskilled and untrained labourers who are willing to come for low daily wages and using low grade non durable wood, steel, stones, and bricks and made its outlook attractive by color paintings hiding all inner loopholes and made it ready for occupation in the given time.

The rich man returned from his tour. By that time, the carpenter has spent half of the money in the suit case and the other half went to his secret inner pocket! Giving the false account to the rich man. Then, the carpenter gave the keys of the building said ” sir, please take the keys and you can occupy the newly built house now as it is ready in all aspects as you desired!

The rich man told,” Brother, keep the keys with you. I was watching daily you living in a small but and your poverty and struggle to earn your bread and butter and to look after your family and children with great difficulty by carpentry.so I wanted to help you some how and see that you are brought up !. This is my gift to you. The carpenter was shocked and mute! ( Seethe bodhicitta of that rich man ! See the betrayal of the carpenter!)

After this story Buddha continued his teaching s to the villagers,” 0 ! Brothers and Sisters, for a morally living person fortune comes in 5 ways :

1)       His wealth will increase

2)       His name and fame will spread in all directions.

3)       If he enters the meeting place of those with wisdom and intelligent people,he will face them without any hesitation or fear or confusion.

4)       His mind will be clear and peaceful at the time of death.

5)       He will enjoy Heavenly happiness during his life on the earth itself.!

An immoral person will get unfortunately all bad results opposite to the above five ways. There came to an end of his teaching on that day.

“Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavanthu”

Om Mani Padme Hum .

Tantra Nirvadeva

Dr С H Lakshminarayan

  1. Tantra Lanidha (Ralph Keating) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I bow my head down to Guru’s lotus feet.

    Guru’s merit is immeasurable.

    May Guru and his consort live long and healthy lives for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Thank you for sharing Tantra Niradeva’s article with us.  I clearly observe the rich man’s bodhicitta.  His good karma is evidenced by his riches and generosity, as well as his stated reputation to help the poor and disabled.  The story also relates his travels for pilgrimage and visitation of temples.  He sees the unfortunate situation of the poor man and clearly tries to perform an altruistic and compassionate act for the poor man and his family.  No harm is befallen upon him in this parable.

    The poor man, I observe to be poor in more ways than financial .  His negative karma is easily seen by his poor state including a perversion to take money, dishonesty in carrying out his job, and  giving a false account.  Crystal clear is the result of his negative karma at the story’s end. A person living a morally correct life will have the wealth of the 5 items listed and a person who lives the opposite will receive the opposite.

    What I learned from this story is the importance we must place on studying and practicing Dharma.  If we don’t know or don’t understand karma we will nevertheless be suffering (or benefiting) from it.  Studying, knowing, understanding, and practicing Dharma is how we can be assured that we construct a house, for ourselves and our dear family members, in which life can be lived with heavenly happiness here on Earth.

    I’m ever grateful for chanhtuduy.com being my connection to Guru and Dharma.

    May all of us, our Guru’s disciples, always remember to contemplate and practice the three essences of the path to enlightenment in the base of faithful Guru devotion.

    May all sentient beings be fortunate to find a true Guru in this life and may they follow him to reach the happiness of the Buddha Nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.


    Tantra Lanidha (Ralph Keating)

  2. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    My name is tantra ashihata.

    I am so please after reading this article I was very glad to know the important of good moral and integrity.

    May Guru help us to imbibe on sincererity no matter how life is as difficult as.

    May Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient beings and may all sentient being free from corona viruses and any other form of suffering.

    Om Mani padme hum


  3. Mật Khuê Minh says:

    Dear Tantra Nirvadeva

    I am delighted in your sharing.

    Through your story in Buddha’ time, we can see the image of the Guru in the the rich man. Before we met the Guru, almost of us lack seven Noble Treasure. The Guru generally bestowed on us 6 wonderful dharma to end rich our treasure by our self. Of course these treasures are for us not for Guru.  However if we let the greed process us and do not the treasure the dharma Guru has bestowed on us, we will become the carpenter in the story. May us always follow Guru teaching be diligent in dharma practice so that we can live happily this life and be reborn into Pure Land of Amitabha.

    May Guru and his consort good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May Tantra Nirvadeva have good health and your righteous wishes soon come true.

    May the epidemic caused by Corona virus soon end

    Om mani padme hum.

  4. Brian says:

    Thank you for courageous words. I means a lot to me for I am suffering with kidney cancer.

  5. Amos Istifanus says:

    Okay, I understand that despite the carpenter is hard working and trying to struggle to take care of his family. He still have that selfish and greed in him in the situation that even when opportunity comes he was unfair and injust to and he end up regretting

  6. Prince saliu Abdulmumin says:

    What an interesting story, my father once told that”what worth doing at all ,is worth doing well”I am poor for now.i pray my helper to locate me just like the story in this article.and I still pray not to be like the carpenter.Thanks for the courageous words.much love!

  7. Tantra Amitara says:

    Dear guru

    I bow my head on your lotus feet. I am thankful for this article.

    I am able to understand the benefits of being molarity. It is not very easy to be moral. As we are continue busy in own egoism. Many people will first see the benefits (money increase, name fame increase, intelatual smart) of moral and then applying it. But I think this is also a type of egoism. I am also that type(egoistic). So we may have to try compassion without thinking in return. Benefiting others for no reason. I prey guru to please give us blessing to get out of this egoism.

    May guru and his concert live long for well being of all. May his teathing spread all over the world.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

  8. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Tantra Nirvadeva,
    Thank you so much for your sharing. I have learnt that nothing just happens! Everything happens for a reason. Every action you take has consequences and will produce specific results in your life. The same goes for inactions. Think of it like this, the choices we make are causes and will produce corresponding outcomes or effects. The story in this article is one of the vivid illustrations. The carpenter living in the poor conditions is the consequences of his bad deeds, bad actions of body, speech and mind. The rich and respected man get his luxurious and wealthy life is due to his generosity and helping people. What goes around comes around!
    We, learners and disciples from Song Nguyen Tantra House, are so fortunate to follow Guru because he is always the bright example of generosity, wisdom and compassion for us to follow. He always makes righteous criticism to the learners who are so stingy and selfish and correct them to help them free from poverty, suffering and anxiety. How compassionate he is! All his spiritual inventions guide learners and disciples to practice the three principal factors of the path, including: renunciation, bodhichitta and emptiness.
    May Guru and his consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha’s nature.
    May the epidemic caused by corona viruses soon end.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  9. John K Rogers says:

    I feel that the main point The Buddah is trying to teach is fairly simple,  obvious,  but there’s an underlying lesson to me.  Now I’m just getting started my journey and I’m 60 years old. I’ve only walked with the Buddah a few steps,  amazingly beautiful steps,  I’ve got eons to go but I see a poor man with a family who’s afraid of where his family’s next meal will come from. How do I feel about the poor man? I feel a love twords him,  not his actions. I have to wonder,  If I only look at this from the aspect of a poor man receiving a gift from a loving generous rich man just to have the poor man use him and basically steal from him is knowingly wrong.  As we read Karma balanced things out by the poor man receiving his own greed in return.

    I cannot in good conscious, and by buddahs lessons Judge this poor man.  I haven’t walked his path nor do I know anything other than a desperate man scared and without a future other than grim doing what he believes that the only right thing is supporting.  Probably thinking ” this man has wealth beyond what he’ll ever need”.  Therefore not hurting him. And his family will have a secure future. If I judge this man never knowing his path how do we know is the teacher,  the poor or rich man.  I say both had lessons needed by the Buddah but What I get is don’t judge  not “don’t rush to judgment, but don’t ever judge. I’m just a little Buddah waiting like a child wanting to grow up overnight. Judgment has no place outside of a court of law and 90% of the Judges shouldn’t be. Hypocracy is what Judgment brings you. Please be gentle with me. I don’t know what you know.  I’m only a few steps with Buddah,  wonderful steps.  I don’t know or understand your big words.  I feel at times that some are more interested in showing how enlightened they are by using these words that a baby like me haven’t a clue what they mean.  Dharma,  I have no Idea what it is or means even though I’ve seen it 100s of times. I need to absorb its meaning into my conciseness so I can grow,  unless its negative but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Peace,  love,  happiness to all of my brothers and sisters buddahs brought and will bring into my gift of life.

  10. Curt Owens says:

    Holy Guru once again you have brought light to a dark day you are a blessing to the world thank you for sharing your knowledge

  11. Mật Diệu Hương says:

    Dear Guru,

    I really rejoiced in reading this article! What a meaningful story!

    Thank you so much, Tantra Nirvadeva, for sharing this less GT on!

    May the light of the Dharma enlighten everywhere!

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddahood!

    May the epidemic caused by corona virus Covid-19 soon end!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  12. Felix says:

    Thank you so much dear Guru, you have always been an inspiration and motivation to me since I started reading your posts, thanks so much once again.

  13. Kondiba Gade says:


    Tantra nirvadeva

    I am

    feel blessed to read this artical and teach that we will do our work all of honestly which we got gain or lose .Buddha bless all of you

    Thank you

  14. Tarry says:

    excellent piece of advice

  15. Tarry says:

    a feast to brain

  16. Henrique says:

    thank you guru, this teaching is a good example of how karma works, I really liked it

  17. Patricia Mosley says:

    Thank you for this story

  18. Momen Mohamed says:

    Dear holy guru,

    Once again you made me speechless with another fabulous article ! Thank you so much dear guru I bow to you.

    May you have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end.

    Om mani padame hum 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I hope luck one day commes to you, but at present you read and comment is the luck!

  19. sunil says:


    I read above article,first i thankful that and i feel  to read this ,in with very simple example lord buddhas told us that you have whatever you need but even you misplaced because of illusion

    Each and every thing you will get on right moment just keep patient control

    thank you again dear guru

  20. Donald kekeke says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article and thank you for your sharing.

    I pray for your understanding and support at all times. Thanks for your concern and support towards humanity.


  21. Akilesh says:

    Make feel good

    Thanks mam

  22. TantraCitta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest 🇨🇦) says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you, for allowing me, to read and comment, on this wonderful article. One asks, the question: Is there, such a thing, as luck? Everything, that happens, in the world, has a specific cause, or causes and an eventual, effect or outcome, of that, particular cause. People, who cling, to luck, or to, its belief, are always trying, to get something. Usually, more wealth and/or more  money. It is, far more important, to develop, one’s own heart and mind! Being learned and skilled, well-trained and well-spoken, supporting family and having, a simple livelihood, helping other’s, with generosity and compassion, being blameless, in your action’s, refraining from evil, always steadfast, in virtue, being reverent, humble, contented, full of gratitude and hearing and performing, the good Dhamma; all this, adds up, to the best good luck! May all, my fellow students and disciple’s, take the esteemed Guru’s teachings, to heart and action and may, the Dhammapada, be always, our beloved and trusted companion, as every sentient being aspires, to ultimate happiness, of Buddha Nature. My greetings and blessings and good wishes, to all and especially, our Guru and consort! Om Mani Padme Hum. TantraCitta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest 🇨🇦)

  23. Garrett xm says:

    Wow, that’s a fantastic moral lesson learnt, it feels good reading this.


    Thank   you

  24. Paul says:

    It’s a very nice story that teaches us a lot I learnt do to others what you’ll do to yourself

  25. Shope says:

    What a wonderful story and it teach me not betrayal.. I learn with just a simple article

  26. Klara says:

    Beautiful text!

  27. Newton says:

    What a great story,is good to be kind, generous and is an example to those betrayals

  28. jones williams says:

    very good and interesting

  29. Ngà trần says:

    Dear Guru! I have read this article. Thank you.

  30. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Tantra Nirvadeva,

    Thank you for writing this article entitled “How Comes the Good Luck” This is a gentle reminder that “you should not judge a book by its cover!” As the old saying goes. Kindness and compassion comes in all shapes and forms and we should never treat people differently based on their looks, religion, or economical status.

    May Guru live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature

    May the global pandemic caused by the Corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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