Monday, February 20, 2012


A Teaching Story – Gutei’s Finger

I feel very sad when some unscrupulous persons plagiarize my writings, especially copy-paste my blogs, and try to pass off my writing as their own. To such persons I can only say; "Please create your own original writing, especially fiction, and don't plagiarize others' works - yes, please be original, don't imitate or plagiarize." And then to drive home the point regarding the dangers of imitation and plagiarism, I can tell them this story, a favourite teaching story of mine, called GUTEI'S FINGER   

A Teaching Story – Gutei’s Finger

Whenever anyone asked him about Zen, the great master Gutei would quietly raise one finger into the air.

A boy in the village began to imitate this behaviour.

Whenever he heard people talking about Gutei’s teachings, he would interrupt the discussion and raise his finger.

Gutei heard about the boy’s mischief.

When he saw the mischievous boy in the street, he seized him and cut off his finger.

The stunned boy cried in agony and got so frightened that he began to run off, but Gutei called out to him.

When the boy turned to look, Gutei raised his finger into the air.

At that moment the boy became enlightened.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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AmitAag said...

The zen masters have strange and sometimes even weird ways to teach, or give a message...a beautiful story indeed! ....amit

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