Finally Bokuju reached the man and gave him the stick. A large crowd witnessed this happening, so someone asked Bokuju, ”That man hit you, hurt you, but why did you not say anything to him!”
Bokuju replied, “That man has hit me, that’s all. It is a fact. He was the hitter and I was the hit. It is just as if I am passing under a tree and a branch falls on me. What can I do about it?”
The surprised crowd said, “....A branch is a branch, but this is a man who hit you. We cannot punish a branch, it has no mind...!”
Bokuju said, “This man is also like a branch to me, so why should I bother to say anything to this man? I am not going to interpret what has happened. And since it has already happened, why get worried about it? It is finished and over.”
Moral of the Story ....