Either You Keep The Basket In The Boat Or On Your Shoulder Once a man was sailing in a small boat with a few other people. All of a sudden the boatman said,Message 1 of 176 , Sep 11View Source
Either You Keep The Basket In The Boat Or On Your Shoulder
Once a man was sailing in a small boat with a few other
people. All of a sudden the boatman said, "The boat seems
to be overloaded. The water is coming up higher and higher,
and we are about to capsize. If we want to stay afloat, we have
to lighten the load in the boat."
Immediately the man said, "Oh, don't worry; I can take care
of it." He had a heavy basket in the bottom of the boat, so he picked it up and put it on his head. "Is it okay now?" It was a
heavy basket; so he thought, "I will just carry the basket
and reduce the weight in the boat."
Whenever you say, "I did it," you are carrying your basket while sitting in the boat.
The truth is, no matter where the basket is, all of the weight is being carried by the
boat. Whether you keep it in the bottom of the boat or on your head is immaterial.
As long as you feel that you are carrying it, you are responsible, you are
doing something, fine, then carry it. The Lord just smiles: "All right, let her carry it."
But, if you decide to put the weight on God's shoulder, God is ready and willing to
carry it. The freedom is there. You can either keep the basket in the boat, or on your
head. Sensible people will keep it in the boat; egoistic people will keep it on their
head, that's all. Ultimately, the whole weight is being carried by God.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt? Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how muchMessage 176 of 176 , Oct 26View Source
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how much you can give. You cannot give beyond your capacity. If you have done a lot of service that day, and if you are really tired, you should say no. Otherwise, you are saying no to your own body or mind. In the name of helping others, you should not put your body into a situation where it might get hurt. Your conscience will tell you if you are just finding an excuse; but if you really need the rest, then you can honestly say no. You don't have to feel guilty about it.
Why should you feel guilty? Nobody expects you to go beyond your capacity, If you try to do something beyond your capacity, you might even make a mess of it. So, know your capacity, know your limitations. Then offer your services. There's no need to feel guilty at all. If you feel guilty, then maybe you can do it but you just don't want to. If your conscience is clear, you don't have to feel guilty.
Ask advice from your own pure Self. Your conscience is always clean. That's the part of God in you. It's what you call the guru within. It's not necessary to always get advice from someone outside. The conscience is constantly giving us advice, but often we don't listen to it. We don't even want to listen. Someone else can only help you for a while. You should learn to ask that buddy within.
Sometimes you might feel a conflict: "I don't know which is the Self and which is the ego. One says 'Do it;' the other says, 'Don't do it.'" In that case go to someone who is capable of recognizing the difference. But, ultimately, we have to develop the capacity to discriminate within ourselves. That is why meditation is so important. Until you become established in that, at least in meditation you should be able to hear your own inner Self.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi