A kindergarten teacher has decided to let her class play game. The
teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag
containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person
that the child hates, so the number of potatoes that a child will put
in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she
So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the name
of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up
to 5 potatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry with them
the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet)
for 1 week.
Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to
the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes. Besides, those
having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the
children were relieved because the game had finally ended.
The teacher asked: "How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with
you for 1 week?"The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the
trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and
smelly potatoes wherever they go. Then the teacher told them the hidden
meaning behind the game. The teacher said: "This is exactly the
situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart.
The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it
with you wherever you go. If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten
potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the
stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime?"
Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not
carry sins for a lifetime and to the end of 'sansara'. Forgiving others
is the best attitude to take! Love others even if you don't like
them........ and if you want to see a better world.
May All Beings be Happy