Take the bell off the tiger’s neck

The Ming-Dynasty document narrates a very interesting story of one Chan Master, Fadeng, who lived in Buddhist temple in Nanjing, China.  Fadeng was a brave and a  dissolute man. He had no considerations to the strict Buddhist code. This made all the monks in the temple to look down upon him except for the abbot who would consider him favourably.

One time, during a preaching lecture, the abbot asked all the monks in the temple, “who can take off the golden bell tied on the tiger’s neck?” No one of the monks could figure out an answer. It is at this time that Fedeng happened to pass by the temple. The abbot asked him the same question.

Fadeng did not scratch his head. “Let him who tied the bell on the tiger’s neck take it off,” he answered. When he heard this, the abbot knew that Fadeng understood the Buddhist doctrine and he applauded him in front of all the monks.

Fadeng’s answer was handed down as an idiom to mean whoever started the trouble should end it.

This idiom was used by Chinese official when reacting to the events in the Korean Peninsula. Early in March, 2017, North Koreans tested two intermediate ballistic missiles that fell into Japanese waters. This was followed up by another test in March 22. The United States Pacific Command reported the failure of the test. These unprecedented tests have left Japan and South Korea worried. The United States is also concerned with the pace at which North Korea is developing their ballistic missile systems despite Unite Nations sanctions. The North present a threat not just to the South but also to Japan and the United States. That is why the Obama administration purposed to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in the South. The Trump Administration has gone ahead to ensure the purpose is actualized. The first piece of the system arrived in the South this month amid vehement protests from China.

This same month of March saw a terrorist strike London resulting in the death of four.

Tensions in the Middle East reached high crescendo as Syria shot at Israel’s warplanes with surface to air missiles. The planes were returning to Israel airbases after conducting air raids deep within Syria. The Israel government said the attacks were carried out to halt transfer of game changing weapons to Hezbollah.  It was the first time for Syria to take such an action since the Civil War broke out in 2011. The surface to air missile was intercepted by Israel’s Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile. In hot pursuit of this came a tough warning from Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister. Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria’s air defense systems ‘without a second thought’. More action was to follow with Israel jets reported to have struck Syria’s radar systems.

The former Egyptian strongman walked free. He has been in incarceration since 2011 after the infamous Arab Springs. He had  been accused of killing demonstrators.

Do not pass the buck

The world is currently bedeviled with myriad challenges. Unemployment and lack of economic opportunities, food and water scarcity, political instability, lack of education, insecurity and poverty, wars and religious conflicts, climate change and destruction of natural resources.

These challenges call for resolute efforts. They demand unity and action from all of us.

As Christians and indeed citizens of this planet, we cannot afford to pass the buck. We cannot say like Fedeng that the person who tied the bell around the tiger’s neck should be the one to remove it. David did not blame anyone for Goliath’s constant insults. He took action. He confronted the constant insults albeit with contrite heart.

We are called to be the salt of the world. We can fulfill this mandate by praying and taking action. Create employment, conserve water (repair the leaking taps, close running taps, harvest rain water), conserve water towers, plant food, rear animals and fish. Spread the information and share skills. Start a movement to tap talents among the youth. Start a drive to preach peace, speak against divisions, and conserve environment. Companies and organizations can participate too; by invoking the corporate citizenship philosophy. The biggest industries in our country can support community health activities. They can plough back to the community by strengthening health systems. They can do this from the grass-roots level. It is noble to sponsor golf tournaments, it is nobler to sponsor a community health unit.

I believe these are practical ways to make the world a better place. We have an opportunity to think big. We are presented with the platform to think globally and act locally.

 

33 Responses to "Take the bell off the tiger’s neck"

  1. I’ll immediately grab your rss as I can’t find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  2. m88 says:

    Some genuinely nice and useful info on this web site, besides I conceive the style holds fantastic features.

  3. Hey very cool site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I am happy to find a lot of useful info here in the post, we need work out more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  4. I’ve recently started a blog, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  5. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you?¦ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect website.

  6. You need to take part in a contest for the most effective blogs on the web. I’ll recommend this website!

  7. mirrors says:

    Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks

  8. exotic bully says:

    Magnificent wisdom from you, man. I have read your stuff previously and you are just too great. I really like what you have brought here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which say it. You are making it entertaining and you still take care to keep it smart. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a great web site.

  9. post natal says:

    I went over this internet site and I believe you have a lot of wonderful info, saved to bookmarks (:.

  10. I was studying some of your posts on this site and I think this site is rattling informative ! Keep on posting.

  11. Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent work!

  12. www says:

    I’ve been browsing online more than three hours lately, yet I by no means discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is lovely worth sufficient for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content material as you probably did, the internet can be a lot more useful than ever before.

  13. my sources says:

    Great write-up, I’m regular visitor of this site, maintain up the nice posts, and I am going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

  14. feed news says:

    Real wonderful info can be found on web blog.

  15. It?¦s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Drohnen says:

    This web site is really a walk-through for all of the info you wanted about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you’ll definitely discover it.

  17. rent says:

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your site? My website is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would definitely benefit from a lot of the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Regards!

    • admin says:

      Hello, You are welcome to quote this article and other articles on the blog as long as you provide credit. Welcome.

  18. It¦s really a great and helpful piece of information. I¦m happy that you just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  19. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually something which I feel I’d never understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely wide for me. I am taking a look forward in your subsequent post, I will try to get the grasp of it!