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Leaves He went back to the same lane the next day. He knocked at the same door. The same woman with soft feet opened the door and stood before him. His eyes lowered, he held out his bowl for alms. When he received the food, he left. That was the rule of the bhikshus. He had received alms from countless women at countless doors, but he had never raised his eyes to look at them. He knew that, of all the v fi e senses, the eye was the most vulnerable to sin. The eye, easily enchanted by the beauty of the world, led man astray. A man who was caught in the net of maya suffered. It was the eye that deceived. The wise man, therefore, kept his eyes shut, refusing to be deceived, and so saved himself from suffering. That was why Sanjaya never raised his eyes to see whose hands gave him alms. Even at the door, he didn’t lift his eyes to look at the face of the woman who received him every day. He only saw a pair of soft feet come to the door for a moment and then disappear. After the first day, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

He went back to the same lane the next day. He knocked at the same door. The same woman with soft feet opened the door and stood before him. His eyes lowered, he held out his bowl for alms. When he received the food, he left. That was the rule of the bhikshus. He had received alms from countless women at countless doors, but he had never raised his eyes to look at them. He knew that, of all the v fi e senses, the eye was the most vulnerable to sin. The eye, easily enchanted by the beauty of the world, led man astray. A man who was caught in the net of maya suffered. It was the eye that deceived. The wise man, therefore, kept his eyes shut, refusing to be deceived, and so saved himself from suffering. That was why Sanjaya never raised his eyes to see whose hands gave him alms. Even at the door, he didn’t lift his eyes to look at the face of the woman who received him every day. He only saw a pair of soft feet come to the door for a moment and then disappear. After the first day,

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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