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The great majority of Myanmar is Buddhist, and Yangon’s many meditation centres are often also visited by Buddhists from abroad. Myanmar 43 learnt much by listening to them, by reading what they wrote and looking at their example: these are the kyar-saya (heard-teacher) and myin-saya (seen-teacher). Thus, it is important to fulfill one’s debt to all these persons in whatever ways one can. One should not be ungrateful. The End Of An Ingrate A fable often told to children is about the acrobat who learnt an act or trick with a spear from seeing a crane tossing a fish to eat; when he was asked where he had learnt this he said he hadn’t learn it from anyone but had thought of it by himself.
The adjustment simply involved the printing of more money and this was not proportionate to the increase in the production of goods and services. Petty theft and pilfering, especially of objects such as paper, pens, clips, neon lights and switches, is not uncommon, particularly in government offices. Even manhole covers have been known to mysteriously disappear. Though the Myanmar acknowledge this as morally wrong, it tends to be rationalised as being done out of necessity and the need to survive; people often quote the Myanmar proverb “You can only keep your morals or precepts if your stomach is full” as justification.
Similarly, the supernatural has been held responsible for many other events and occurrences: logs that float upstream, appearances of pagoda images in the sky, and monks levitating and travelling through the air. Of course, those who have seen these are ready to swear to their validity. There are also said to be ‘man-eating’ rivers and lakes, so-called because of the number of drownings that have occurred in those spots. Indeed, rivers, lakes, mountains and forests are believed by many to have spirits who should not be offended.