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The boulder
July 5th, 2016
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The boulder

Suppose a man were to throw a large boulder into a deep lake of water, and a great crowd of people, gathering & congregating, would pray, praise and circumambulate with their hands palm-to-palm over the heart [saying,] "Rise up, O boulder! Come floating up, O boulder! Come float to the shore, O boulder!"
What do you think? Would that boulder —because of the prayers, praise and circumambulation of that great crowd of people— rise up, come floating up, or come float to the shore?

Paccha-bhumika sutta (SN 42.6)
www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.006.than.html