Well back from my walk. I came across a drawing on the ground of a leaf. Inside it read "In every walk with nature one receives far more then he seeks." by John Muir.
Walking back I was stopped by a homeless man selling the Big Issue. He grasped my hand and called me a good man and asked me for money. I emptied my pockets of everything I had which was very little indeed. He said the problem is he has five children and his rent is about to run out and told me he could prove he had five children if I came home with him.
He then asked if I had a bank card to get money out of the bank. Good Karma played a role here as it turned out I had forgotten my wallet (first time in years).
It struck me as odd.
Why would a man with little money chose to have five children?
If one chooses to have five children then why start calling it a problem?
If it is such a problem why not put them up for adoption so they can lead a better life?
Why think a stranger would give anything more then everything he has on him?
Did he feel that calling me a good man would increase his chances of getting money?
Did he feel that telling me he chose to have five children would increase his chances of getting money?
Perhaps tomorrow I shall go out with a bowl and spend the day begging so as to better understand.
Unfettered at last, a traveling monk,
I pass the old Zen barrier.
Mine is a traceless stream-and-cloud life,
Of these mountains, which shall be my home?