There was once a teacher living in a small village. His teachings were simple:
Love and be Joyful
People had deep respect for him and adored him very much. The village had transformed into a heaven under his moral guidance. People helped each other, treated each other with equality and respect. There was brotherhood all around.
One day …
The teacher died. His time was over, his body was no longer suitable to live and he left. People were sad. They were depressed and hurt by his demise.
They took a vow to celebrate such a great man’s birthday every year with a holiday.
Years passed. The man who kept the thread of fraternity was no more available to keep that thread alive. People forgot the thread. They forgot love. They forgot equality. They forgot respect. They forgot Joyfulness.
But they didn’t forget the teacher. They promptly celebrated his birthday every year. They even made sure every organization and school declares holiday during his birthday.
They love the Teacher every year during his birthday. But they forget the teachings to love the person right next to them.
Who is important? The Teacher or his Teachings? It can’t be both.