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78Elephants, ants, and bees

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  • swamijb
    Jan 9, 2002
      Swami J's Newsletter

      January 9, 2002

      Dear Friends,

      Aspirants can be divided into three categories. Students in these
      three categories have different qualities, and their strengths are on
      different levels.

      The first kind of aspirant is like an elephant that is very powerful
      but is unable to separate sugar from sand. Such an aspirant is unable
      to distinguish what is helpful from what is harmful to his growth,
      what is real from what is illusory and binding.

      Another type of student is like the ant that makes great efforts and
      is capable of separating sugar from sand but has no capacity to store
      what it has gained. Such an aspirant repeatedly slips back to the
      point from which he started.

      The third type of aspirant may be compared to the bee that is able to
      collect the sweetness from the flowers and transform it into honey.
      Such a student comprehends and assimilates the truths that are
      offered and continues to apply them in his daily life.*

      In loving service,

      Swami J

      * Swami Rama, The Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita