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    ************************ Swami J s Newsletter ************************ February 12, 2002 Dear Friends, In this world sometimes counterfeit things have greater
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      Swami J's Newsletter
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      February 12, 2002

      Dear Friends,

      In this world sometimes counterfeit things have greater value than
      the original. Here is a nice story to illustrate this:

      It is said that a wandering yogi and his disciple were having a
      discussion, during the course of which the master said, "In this
      world nobody cares for the genuine article--everybody runs after the
      imitation." The disciple said, "Sorry, for this once I don't agree
      with you." The master didn't argue, because no one helps another by
      argument.

      They continued their wandering and came to a village, outside of
      which there was a small hut with a banner in front" "Come and see a
      man grunt like a pig. Two rupee entrance fee." About a hundred people
      had paid this two rupees. As soon as the room was full a man entered
      through the back door, went onto the stage, and grunted like a
      pig. "Oh, marvelous!" Everybody clapped and then walked out. Two
      rupees gone! The master and his disciple also saw the entertainment,
      and the master made up his mind to teach his disciple in a very
      practical way.

      When on their wanderings they came back again to the same village, he
      hired the hut and put up a little banner: "The grunting of a pig--the
      truth. Admission two rupees." Some young men gathered round the hut.
      The banner seemed to be mysterious. What does it mean? They
      thought, "We had lovely entertainment last week. There may be some
      more entertainment this time." A few of them bought the two rupee
      tickets and went in to see if they should all go in.

      The holy man entered through the back door, leading a real pig. He
      went onto the stage and twisted its tail--it grunted, as pigs always
      grunt. The twelve people who were there said, "Oh, is that all! What
      is so great in it?" They walked away and told all the others, "Don't
      go in. It is only a pig."

      So a man grunting like a pig is worth something; a pig grunting like
      itself is worth nothing! The truth is worth nothing; an imitation is
      worth a lot. Nobody wants to BE a yogi; people want to SEE a yogi.*


      In loving service,

      Swami J

      *Swami Venkatesananda, Commentary on the Yoga Sutras

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