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"The kindly beast," etc.—This story was told by the Master while living at Jetavana, about a mendicant priest who wore a leather jerkin. Both his upper and under garment, it is said, were of leather. One day sallying out of the monastery, he went his rounds in Sāvatthi for alms, till he came to the fighting-ground of the rams. A ram on seeing him drew back, desiring to butt him. The mendicant thought, "He is doing this, as an act of respect for me," and himself did not draw back. The ram came on with a rush and striking him on the thigh felled him to the ground. This case of imaginary salutation was blazed abroad in the Congregation of the Brethren.
The first rule – rejection of bad habits. Remember that a family for a small child is the whole world until a certain moment. In early childhood, the deepest habits of man and the basis of his relationship to the surrounding space are formed. The example of the behavior and lifestyle of parents and other close relatives is firmly imprinted in the mind of the baby every day. The “positive” precedent of behavior is created this way. After all, a child at the beginning of his life can hardly distinguish between good and bad deeds. Everything that comes from the parents seems to him to be true and is accepted as a model of life. And we all dream that our children will live as better, healthier, happier as possible. So do we really want them to inhale the poisoned smoke or pour liquid into themselves, which ultimately leads to a change in consciousness and the erasure of personal orientations? The great philosopher Seneca said: “The drunkard does things which make him blush when he is sober”. Despite the active promotion of alcohol and tobacco in today's society, the desire of “cancer magnates” to present these addictions as something natural, permissible in “moderate doses” and even attractive, do not let yourself and your children fall into this trap...
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