99. Making no show

Luang Pu never did anything to make a show or call attention to himself. For example, if people wanted to take his picture, their timing would have to be right. For instance, if he had already put on his full set of robes to listen to the Pāṭimokkha or to ordain a monk or to participate in one sort of ceremony or another, then if you asked to take his picture at a moment like that, it would be easy. But if he was sitting informally and you asked him to get up and put on his robes to pose for a picture, you’d have a hard time getting him to comply.

Once, a lady from Bangkok brought a fine blanket for Luang Pu to use in the cold season. A few months later, in the middle of the hot season, she happened to come and pay her respects again. She asked him to get the blanket and pose with it so that she could take a picture, because she had forgotten to take a picture when she had donated it. Luang Pu refused to do so, saying gently, “There’s no real need for that.” Even when she asked him a second time, and a third, he kept saying, “There’s no real need.”

When she left I felt ill at ease, so I went to Luang Pu and asked him, “Do you realize how dissatisfied she was?”

Luang Pu smiled and said,

“I know. And the reason she was dissatisfied is because she has a dissatisfying heart.”