Man Named Bad [Self Acceptance]
upon a time there was a world famous teacher in Takkasila, in north-western
India. He had 500 high class students who learned sacred teachings
just so happened that one of these high class students had been
named 'Bad' by his parents. One day he thought, "When I am
told, 'Come Bad', 'Go Bad', 'Do this Bad', it is not nice for me
or others. It even sounds disgraceful and unlucky."
he went to the teacher and asked him to give him a more pleasant
name, one that would bring good fortune rather than bad. The teacher
said, "Go my son, go wherever you like and find a more fortunate
name. When you return, I will officially give you your new name."
young man named Bad left the city, and traveled from village to
village until he came to a big city. A man had just died and Bad
asked what his name was. People said. "His name was Alive."
"Alive also died?" asked Bad. The people answered, "Whether
his name be Alive or whether it be Dead, in either case he must
die. A name is merely a word used to recognize a person. Only a
fool would not know this!" After hearing this, Bad no longer
felt badly about his own name but he didn't feel good about
he continued on his way into the city, a debt-slave girl was being
beaten by her masters in the street. He asked, "Why is she
being beaten?" He was told, "Because she is a slave until
she pays a loan debt to her masters. She has come home from working,
with no wages to pay as interest on her debt." "And what
is her name?" he asked. "Her name is Rich." they
said. "By her name she is Rich but she has no money even to
pay interest?" asked Bad. They said, 'Whether her name be Rich
or whether it be Poor, in either case she has no money. A name is
merely a word used to recognize a person. Only a fool would not
know this!" After hearing this, Bad became even less interested
in changing his name.
leaving the city, along the roadside he met a man who had lost his
way. He asked him, "What is your name? " He replied, 'My
name is Tourguide." "You mean to say that even a Tourguide
has gotten lost?" asked Bad. Then the man said, "Whether
my name be Tourguide or whether it be Tourist, in either case I
have lost my way. A name is merely a word used to recognize a person.
Only a fool would not know this!"
completely satisfied with his own name, Bad returned to his teacher.
world famous teacher of Takkasila asked him, "How are you,
my son? Have you found a good name?" He answered, "Sir,
those named Alive and Dead both die, Rich and Poor may be penniless,
Tourguide and Tourist can get lost. Now I know that a name is merely
a word used to recognize a person. The name does not make things
happen, only deeds do. So I'm satisfied with my name. There's no
point in changing it."
teacher summarized the lesson his pupil had learned this way
"By seeing Alive as dead, Rich as poor, Tourguide as lost,
Bad has accepted himself.''
moral is: "A rose by any other name would
smell as sweet."