There once was a master who went to India. In those times， we didnt have the communications or airplanes or many kinds of transportation that we do now. So the master went to India on foot. He had never been to India before； perhaps he came from Persia. And when he got there， he saw a lot of fruit. In India they have plenty of fruit to sell， but much of it is expensive because they cant grow much due to the water situation. So he saw one basket， a big basket of some very red， long fruit. And it was the cheapest in the shop， not expensive at all.
So he went up and asked， “How much per kilo？” And the shopkeeper said， “Two rupees.” Two rupees in India is nothing； its like dirt. So he bought a whole kilogram of the fruit and started eating it. But after he ate some of it： Oh， my God！ His eyes watered， his mouth watered and burned， his eyes were burning， his head was burning and his face became red. As he coughed and choked and gasped for breath， he jumped up and down， saying， “Ah！ Ah！ Ah！”
But he still continued to eat the fruit！ Some people who were looking at him shook their heads and said， “Youre crazy， man. Those are chilies！ You cant eat so many； theyre not good for you！ People use them as a condiment， but only a little bit to put into food for taste. You cant just eat them by the handful like that； theyre not fruit！” So the stupid master said， “No， I cant stop！ I paid money for them， and now Ill eat them. Its my money！”
And you think that master was stupid， right？ Similarly， we sometimes do a lot of things like that. We invest money， time or effort in a relationship， business or job. And even though its been a long time， bitter experience tells us it wont work， and we know theres no more hope that things will change in the future—this we definitely know by intuition—we still continue just because weve invested money， time， effort and love into it. If so， were kaput in the brain. Just like the man who ate the chilies and suffered so much but couldnt stop because he didnt want to waste the money hed paid.
So even if youve lost something， let it go and move on. Thats better than continuing to lose.
但是他仍然继续吃着这种水果！ “你疯了吗？那些是辣椒！你不能多吃，对你没好处。人们用它做佐料，食物中放一点调味用的，你不能大把大把地这样吃，他们可不是水果！” 看着他这样，旁人摇着头说，而愚昧的大师回答道：“不，我不能停，这是我花钱买的，我得把这钱吃回来！”