Zentravelers Lafidio the Great Lion!


It was a typical day in the jungles of deepest, darkest Africa! A pride of lions laid on top of the only hill in the area… licking their fur and generally discussing the happenings in the area.

One rather outspoken male Lion mentioned that these white hunters were shooting us for no reason… and even heard a rumor some of them took our hides back and made Lion rugs for their houses.

Lafidio declared then and now… “he was going to get revenge.” The other lions yawned and said: “no use… these white huinters use a magic bullet that kills us instantly.”

Lafidio dreamed of the day a white hunter would make a mistake. Maybe his gun would jam or blow up and he could run out and eat him.

He searched for the perfect lair… where he lay hidden in the crotch of a large tree. A secret place, where the white hunters always entered the savannah in pursuit of the almighty lion.

As the last of the caravan passed underneath the tree, carrying tents, foods, liquors and goodness knows what else was in the other white bundles, Lafidio leaped out of the tree and took down the white hunter… with the large mega rifle. He drug him into the bush and immediately devoured him for lunch!

That evening as the pride sat on the hillside Lafidio related the story: “that he killed a white hunter and ate him.” Again they yawned and told Lafidio not to exaggerate.

He then produced the white hunters rifle and began shooting into the sky. He then shot a branch off of a tree! He then shot a bird on a branch! He then shot a flea on the bird in the tree, and then shot a sparkle of dust on the flea on the bird in the tree and declared: “he was ready to fight an army of white huinters… if necessary!”

Every week when the white hunters showed up Lafidio had a new secret hiding place and ambushed every white hunter that entered their domain. Soon every lion in the pride had their own white hunter rug just inside their cave.

Then one day a white hunter showed up in shiny black boots, a white shirt, and a whip! He had no gun! This mystified Lafidio the Great …as this was his given nickname due to his bravery and expert markmanship!

The man simply opened his arms wide and asked Lafidio: “if I gave you all of the popcorn you could possibly eat would you like to tour the world with me!”

Since he never had an offer like this before he thought: “why not!” He instructed Lafidio to pack his tooth brush as that was all he needed. He remembered when he ate one of the whitehunters he had several toothbruses in his backpack.

They flew directly to the big circus in London, where Lafidio was immediately billed, as the Greatest Sharpshooter in the World. He could shoot coins out of the air, turn the rifle under his legs, and shoot behind him and do a finale by riding on a white horse and shooting just underneath his tail… as baloons fell from the air, as if a machine gun took them down!

As Lafidio became more famous, he was the talk of the town, and was invited to all of the social affairs. He noticed when he was dancing close to a debutante and had a little too much buttermilk to drink… his tail would slip down behind his perfectly fit black tuxedo.

He could really cut a rug… doing the tango as he whirled,the cha cha cha, and his favorite… the Spanish flamenco dance. Ladies lined up just to get one dance with Lafidio the Great and have an opportunity to get him in their liar …the bedroom!

One day they were all lying around the pool at the club, when one of the brightest and most magnetic celebrities, said to Lafidio: “I have a great idea: why don’t we book a safari in Africa and go after the most dangerous and exotic species on earth.”

Sort of drifting off, after having a few too many gin and tonics, Lafidio spoke up and said: “we are going in pursuit of the Lion!” “Exactly!” said the celeb: “how soon can you be packed?”

The big jet flew hours and hours and finally landed in Mombassa, Africa where they met their safari guide …who completely outfitted the group for the hunt.

They treked by Landrover Jeep overland and arrived at a five-star hunting lodge. They spent the evening listening to the wild sounds of the jungle and sipping on fifty year old brandy.

The following morning they left at daybreak on foot and penetrated deep into the jungle. The white hunter guide found fresh Lion spore and said: “the pride would probably be in the thicket next to the watering hole.”

Listening to the sounds of the jungle, Lafidio began to reflect and silently walked in another direction toward the only rock knoll in Africa.

Lafidio whispered to himself: “what in the world am I doing” as he threw down his rifle in disgust and headed deeper into the jungle….never to be seen or heard from again!

QUOTE:Qingfu The living meaning of Zen is beyond all notions. To realize it in a phrase is completely contrary to the subtle essence; we cannot avoid using words as expedients, though, but this has limitations.

Needless to say, of course, random talk is useless. Nonetheless, the matter is not one-sided, so we temporarily set forth a path in the way of teaching, to deal with people.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male.

Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads. Males defend the pride’s territory, which may include some 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) of grasslands, scrub, or open woodlands. These intimidating animals mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf.

They are magnificent creatures and are very endangered of being totally eradicated.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Do we really know what is best for us or are we just being pulled along by Madison Avenue slick advertising.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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