Hare Krishna Friends,
I came across the following story which makes us understand the value of
association in our lives.
Once there were two parrot brothers who were diametrically opposite in word
and deed. When a stranger approaches one of the birds, it says, "Welcome!
Please be seated.I am indeed blessed to have your company" and such other
pleasing words to this effect. The other bird, encountering the same
stranger, reacts violently with cries of, "Catch him and kill him or skin
him alive", etc. The stranger is puzzled by the ocean of difference in the
demeanour of the two birds, though they are blood brothers. Noting his
confusion, the first bird explains-
maataapi ekaa pitaapi ekaa mama tasya cha pakshinah
aham munibhi aneeta sa cha aneeto gavaasanai
aham muneenAm vacha shrunomi
gavaashanaanaam sa vachah shrunoti
pratyaksham etat bhavataapi dhrishtam
samsargajaa dosha gunaa bhavanti
The good bird said, "We are brothers, born of the same mother and father.
However, we got separated in childhood. I was brought up by Rishis (saints),1 while
my unfortunate brother fell into the hands of lowly cow-eaters. I grew up
listening to the pious words of Rishis, while he was listening day-in and
day-out to the words of cow-eaters. Now you understand why my words are
pleasing, and his, repelling. Thus, one's behavioral patterns are molded
by the company one keeps."
That is why Canakya Pandita instructs
tyaja durjana-samsargam / bhaja saadhu-samaagamam
kuru punyam aho raatram / smara nityam anityataam
"One should give up the company of devils, demons and nondevotees and should
always associate with devotees and saintly persons. One should always act
piously, thinking that this life is temporary, and not be attached to
temporary happiness and distress."
Following the first two lines of the above verse, that is
L - Leaving the association of bad people (tyaja durjana samsargam) and I -
Immersing ourselves in the association of good people, (bhaja saadhu
samaagamam) leads to the next two lines of the verse O - Occupying ourselves
in Krishna conscious duties always (kuru punyam aho raatram) and N - Never
forgetting to remember the temporary nature of this material world. ( smara
So let us remember these important lines of instruction, by remembering LION
and once we do this, just like the lion we can have a majestic and fearless
Thank you very much