Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 1 - Lianhua.
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      Naturally, Lianhua's suggestion was accepted.
      As a result, the people became increasingly resourceful, and this in ways they had never dreamed of before. They were enriching one another in this spirit, and they assured that no one was left out in any regard. Also, they liked what they experienced.

      Seven days later when they met again for another constitutional council, they declared to themselves that nothing more was needed, that their constitution was complete.

      Now, as the summer was progressing in the second year, and the people had fully established themselves physically, the monks announced the commencement of a festival for which they demanded that the people should supply the food as a kind of tribute. In response, on the day that this demand was received, the elder, Mogao, convened another council session to determine what their response should be. Should they comply and deliver the food as demanded? But then, what would the monks' next demand be?
      During the session that followed in seven days time, the girl Lianhua pointed out to the people that there was no need for the council to make a decision. The constitution was established. The constitution determined what their response must be.
      The people agreed that the fundamental principles that they had recognized to be essential for their existence applied to the monks as well, since they are human beings.
      Thus it fell upon Mogao and Lianhua to deliver the necessary message to the monks.
      They were both duly received by the monks, and ushered into the great hall of the monastery that bore a striking similarity to the pompous palace of their former ruler. The hall was richly decorated. A giant Buddha figure dominated one wall of the large room. The monks wore simple robes, except for their guru, who wore a vest embroidered in gold. The gold, apparently corresponded to his rank and matched the decoration that adorned his chair in which he sat before them. Mogao and Lianhua were requested to kneel on the ground. Other monks squatted in from of them in groups of three and four.
      Mogao addressed himself to the monks about what he came for. The monks had taken up the area between him and the throne. He didn't look up to the guru. He explained to the monks that the constitution of his people required that each human being must adhere to certain fundamental principles that assure the development of society and each person in it. Therefore, he told them that they were invited to join hands with them, working in the fields, whereby they would be able to share in what is being produced.
      The monks reacted as if they were insulted by this offer. "We gave you that land," they replied, "therefore we are entitled to a share of the proceeds of the land."
      Mogao spoke gently in answering them, as he would to any other human being. "We are using but a small fraction of the land in the valley, which is really God's land, since you hadn't created it."
      "But we received it first?" they replied.
      "You received what you desired, what you needed," said Lianhua.
      "You received what you presently utilize, which is but a small fraction of the land," added Mogao. "Regardless, you can have what you say you seek," Mogao continued. "If you seek the proceeds of the land, we won't stand in your way. Hop to it! There is plenty of uncultivated land in the valley to pick your proceeds from. Of course, you won't find much that is worth getting. However, if you wish to be enriched by the proceeds of human labor, you are welcome to join hands with us in this project by adding your labor to ours, whereby you may share what comes out of it."

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