Chopsticks
The Vietnamese Buddhist Parable of Heaven and Hell

By Vexen Crabtree 2001 Jun 12

'What are the differences between Heaven and Hell?', a young Zen monk asked an aged Buddhist priest who was renowned for his wisdom.

'There are no material differences,' replied the old monk.

'None at all?' asked the puzzled young monk.

'That's right. Both Heaven and Hell have a spacious hall with a big pot in the center in which noodles are boiled, giving off a delicious scent,' said the old priest. 'The size of the huge pan, the number of people sitting around the pot and the bowl of sauce placed in front of each diner are the same in both places.'

'The odd thing is that each diner is given a pair of meter-long chopsticks and must use them to eat the noodles.'

'To eat the noodles, you must hold the chopsticks properly at their ends,' the old monk told the young Zen monk.

'In the case of Hell's kitchen, people are always hungry because no matter how hard they try, they can't get the noodles into their mouths,' said the old priest.

'But isn't it the same case for the people in Heaven?' the junior monk inquired.

'No. They can eat because they each feed the person sitting opposite them at the table. That's the difference between Heaven and Hell,' explained the old monk.


The moral of this Buddhist theme is very simple when you look at the third side of the coin. Heaven and Hell are the results of your interactions with the world and specifically, with other people. If you do not see the worth, power, love or usefullness of having other people like you then you are on the path to hell.

Conversely, simply being nice will make you see yourself as nice; and that is the best weapon you can have in the world of subconscious magic. Be a nice person, and others will aid you in your tasks!

Hail Satan!

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By Vexen Crabtree 2001 Jun 12
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LaVey, Anton. (1930-1997)
The Satanic Bible (1969). Published by Avon Books Inc, New York, USA. Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1966.

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