I meet some remarkable young people in Sri Lanka at the most unlikeliest of places. I found one last week, in front of a hardware store in my neighbourhood. It was 730 in the morning. I was there to rent a water motor, he was there to rent a heavy duty drill. He’s a mechanic, an expert on tractors.
We started chatting. He mentioned about a good mechanic he knows who’s work is like a super charm. I said, there are many good craftsmen in Sri Lanka, under the radar, not getting the recognition and respect. Then he said something amazing, that prompted me to write this post.
“Yes we have great technicians, but they don’t thrive to be what they truly can be. They don’t work hard as much as they are capable. Many form bad habits. They booze, gamble, and go after other women. ”
He went on to say, ” If one has good skills, if one can keep the 5 precepts , one can have a good life, money will come”
The air of confidence he told me this was so powerful, I took his energy in to the rest of my day. He’s 25.
***5 precepts the Buddha recommended for lay people, as found in the Dhammapada
Whoever destroys living beings,
speaks false words, who in the world
takes that which is not given to him,
or goes too with another’s wife,
or takes distilled, fermented drinks —
whatever man indulges thus
extirpates the roots of himself
even here in this very world.