Tale on the Importance of Tolerance in One's Life!
- THE GREAT SAINT TUKARAM AND HIS WIFE
Tukaram was a great saint of Maharashtra. He was
always singing bhajans.
Once on a festival, some teenagers came to Tukaram.
They, being mischievous said, ''Sing some funky raag
or song.'' Tukaram refused.
So the teenagers grabbed hold of Tukaram and shaved
off all the hair from his head. They then painted his
head white with lime. As if this was not enough they
sat him backwards on a donkey and gave him the
donkey's tail to hold! They garlanded him with a
garland made of carrots and brinjals. They then took
him all around the village, shouting and making fun of
poor Tukaram all the way.
When Tukaram's wife Jaanbai saw this, she burst into
But Tukaram said to her, ''Why are you crying? What
wrong has been done? My hair was long and I didn't
have the money to cut it, so the kids cut it free of
charge! And I also have dandruff but now the lime will
cure it. And when we got married did we have a
procession? No, so we had it today! Plus the vegetable
garland will do as food for a few days.''
Tukaram was very humble. Another person would have
been greatly insulted. He tolerated everything, and
now the whole of Maharashtra sings the praises of
Tukaram and Jaanbai.
One must have tolerance and patience in every act so
that one would have the clarity to extract positivity
even from a negative situation. Tolerance leads to
tremendous amount of optimistic thinking and approach
to anything in life.
Saadhana or Spiritual practise needs be done in a
disciplined, systematic manner, in an atmosphere of
virtue. Just as we use fans to cool the scorching
atmosphere during summer, so too the fans of tolerance
and patience is needed to overcome the sweltering heat
of Ajnaana, Asathya, Anyaaya and Akrama (ignorance,
falsehood, injustice and indiscipline). In a world
where Dharma is being insulted and denied at every
turn, peace and tolerance are the roads through which
man can save himself.
In every act, have tolerance, patience and mutual
help. In the family, cultivate patience and mutual
respect; in the community, have Dharma and justice; in
the community of people, have the ideal of peace. Thus
it is important to have complete tolerance for people
of other races, cultures, nationalities, and
Living becomes a glorious experience only when it is
sweetened by tolerance and love. Willingness to
compromise with others¡¯ ways of living and
cooperation in common tasks, these make living happy
The Mahabharatha declares: "What is not in Bharath
(India) does not deserve reverential consideration";
and in Bharath, the message has always been:
tolerance, respect for all faiths and the practice of
the essential teachings of love and service with
giving up of hatred, envy and pride - Sai Baba
Only Love can create tolerance and compassion, and God
reveals Himself to those with tolerance and
compassion. Thus when we have a heart full of love and
compassion for others, we can acquire great moral and
spiritual strength to face any challenge in the world
in the positive light.
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- THE KING AND HIS THREE QUESTIONS
Once a king wanted to know answers to three questions
about which he had been contemplating for a long time.
One day the king raised these questions in his Court
Hall. The questions were:
1.Where is God?
2.In what direction does He cast His look?
3.What does He do?
None could answer these questions.
The King then summoned with due honour a sage to his
court. He asked the sage to answer these questions.
The Sage replied: "Like butter in the milk God is
To answer the second question the sage asked for a
lamp. He lit the lamp and asked the King: "In which
direction does this lamp shed its light?" The lamp
sheds its light in all the directions" replied the
king. The sage said "Likewise God is Effulgence itself
and His vision is not directed to a particular place
or person. He is all seeing".
The king asked: "What does He do?" The sage said:
"Since I am in a way instructing you in spiritual
matters, I am in the position of a preceptor, you a
disciple. So we have to exchange our places. Are you
prepared for this?" The king agreed and came down from
his elevated position and sat on the seat in which the
The sage said with a twinkle in his eyes: "This is
what God does. He brings down the mighty and elevates
the humble. He can make the poor rich and the rich
poor. He can do anything. He is all pervading. He is
all seeing and Omnipotent."
The king was very much pleased with these answers. He
expressed his gratitude to the sage and honoured him
in a fitting manner.
Like the king in the story, every one of us should try
to understand the true characteristics of God: God is
Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent.
God is the infinite Being who is immanent in everyone
and everything and who transcends everyone and
everything in the universe; He (or She if you prefer)
is thus omnipresent; and He is also omniscient and
This life and the worlds we see are the play or
display of His infinite powers and potenials; He is
the Original Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of the
worlds; He is the Director of the play of Life and
Dispenser of the results of players. He is formless
and limitless but can assume any number of forms and
limitations.He is the eternal "I" hiding behind
numerous "i"s in bodies, minds, etc.
The equation Bhagawan Sai Baba gives is:
God = Man - (minus) (false) ego
He is free and so has given the individual beings who
are derived from Him, freewill. Given this freewill,
Beings (known as jivas in sankrit) begin to play the
Game of Life and become responsible for all their
actions (which are followed by appropriate reactions
as the Rule of the Game requires).
If you identify yourself with Him, you enjoy the Game
as the Inventor of a Game or as the spectator of a
Game enjoys it. But if you have forgotten Him by
identifying yourself with your Role in the Game or
with your Body-Mind-Intelligence, you may be pleased
or pained alternately as the Game proceeds in your
favour or against your wishes.
When the pleasure-pain cycle fatigues you, you seek
release from the Role. But from one Role to another,
you alternate and again become tired. Now, God
appearing different from you, understands your agony
and slowly makes you realise that you are not the Role
but the Role-player, that you are not the body or mind
or the intelligence but the one who is using them. At
last you become aware who you really are-and there is
a big merry laugh! The roles, the pleasures and pains
have been self-imposed for the bliss of it!
If you are like the Prisoner in a Jail bound by the
results of your actions, you are said to be a bonded
Being. But if you are like the Jail Superintendent,
you are also in Jail most of the time, but free to
leave it when you like (except for the sake of doing
your duty voluntarily accepted by you), you are said
to be a liberated-in-life person, a Jivan Mukta! As a
Mukta or liberated person you are enjoying life! As a
Bonded being, you don't!
The Evidences for the omni presence of God are:
(i) Consider the movement of planets and the earth in
space: What a precision! What an accurate maintenance
of distances, speeds etc.! If a plane or a rocket
moves like that in the sky or space, you know that an
intelligent man is in the pilot's seat or that some
very intelligent man is remote-controlling it.But if a
planet is moving, will you say it is an accident?
Can't we infer the presence of a Super-intelligent
Being behind that?
(ii) Consider what Cressy Morrison, a Scientist seems
to have written many years ago:
The Sun to Earth distance is approximately 9x107
miles; if it is less, we will be roasted; if it is
more, we will freeze! Similarly the Moon to Earth
distance is approx. 2x105 miles; if it is less, the
ocean waves will rise up so high that we will all be
under water! Again, if the Earth's Crust had been 10
feet thicker, it has been estimated that Oxygen would
not have been available in air and there would have
been no life on earth! Similarly if the sea had been
deeper by some feet, Carbon dioxide would have been
absorbed by it and plants could not have grown and
Oxygen would not have been available!
Think again of the eel which swims to Bermuda even if
it is born near Europe! Who taught it all that?
Again, it seems that in Australia people once used
cactus fences; their terrible propagation rate however
became a horrible problem. It could not be checked by
chemicals etc.etc. Then, a specific Bacteria was
found to exist in Nature to eat the Cacti away! It
was imported-it killed the Cacti and became extinct
What accurate specificity! What a balance! And if
someone says it is all just an accident in Nature,
then Shakespeare's plays are accidents too? A
computer can write them? Ha!
As a scientifically trained person, I believe it is
not at all scientific to say that there is no
super-intelligent omnipresent being behind all this!
We see Atomic spectral lines and deduce the electron
configurations in atoms. We observe some reactions and
their rates and deduce their mechanisms.
Using the same sort of reasoning, we can deduce the
omnipresence of a Being behind all these phenomena!
Then What Prevents us from Realising God's presence?
What prevents us from realising this is our total
dependence on our senses, instruments and our minds.
No, Sir! That is not enough!
Is Newtonian Mechanics enough to understand sub-atomic
phenomena? We know that we have to resort to quantum
Are ears, noses, skin and tongue capable of seeing
colours?!Only the eyes can perceive colours!
So too, God cannot be perceived by senses and the
instruments (which are extensions of the senses) or
by the mind! Only Intuition or Insight can perceive
This is present in all of us but because most of us do
not use it, it tends to atrophy! How to activate this
faculty of Intuition and Insight?
If you like I will use a simile to help you to
understand it: Think of a Cinema Theatre where a
morning show or Noon show is on. To see the picture on
the screen, (i) you have to get the ticket, (ii) the
doors must be closed enough (iii) no strong lights
must be on, inside; and (iv) no loud talking must be
The Human body is like that Theatre.The Screen is the
Intuition. The picture is Insight.The ticket is Guru
or God's Grace.The doors are the senses which must be
sufficiently controlled!The inside lights are
thoughts which must be controlled or avoided!Loud Talk
is Excessive Desires!There must be a ceiling on
So,if you do all that,by the Grace of the Guru-God,
you can have intuition and insight. The Vedas are
based on this only.
By intuition and insight only the Vedic Seer-Saint has
"I know Him, the greatest Lord of all! He shines like
the sun (in the sky of my Insight) beyond the darkness
( of a closed Mind and limited senses)!He has become
or made all that has form and name! Through His
creation that can be observed, He is showing His
presence, Power and Glory!"
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- CHAITANYA MAHA PRABHU AND THE THIEF
Sri Krishna Chaitanya was the pioneer of the movement
of Nagarsamkeertan. He used to get himself immersed in
the contemplation of the Lord while singing His glory
and used to be oblivious of the external world.
Once he was conducting Nagarsamkeertan in Navadweep.
Several leaders of the town too joined him in his
bhajan. They were all ecstatically singing bhajans and
walking along the streets. A thief also joined this
group. He thought it would be an opportunity for him
to pick the pockets of rich devotees who would be lost
in singing and dancing.
But when he actually participated in it he began
singing with more zeal than others. All of them had
come to a temple and were seated. He sat near
Chaitanya, while those sitting in front were listening
to his discourse. Many had left the temple precincts
He held Chaitanya's both feet and said: "Swami, you
are giving so much advice to so many people. Kindly
impart to me some sacred "manthra". Chaitanya looked
at him and said: "Tell me first of all who you are and
what you do". The thief said: "Swami! How can I lie to
you? I am a thief. I have been a thief all my life. My
name is Rama, people call me 'Rama' - the thief."
Chaitanya said: "Oh what a pity. I shall give you a
name or a message but what will you give me as guru
dakshina?" The thief at once said without any
hesitation: "I shall give you a share in the booty I
get from my theft."
Chaitanya said: "I have no need for any money. All
that I insist is that you should give up stealing."
The thief said: "Swami, that is my profession, how
else can I earn a living, when I do not have any other
"Well," said Chaitanya, "I shall give you a sacred
name on one condition, when you go for thieving, you
must first recite the sacred name I give you 1008
times." Chaitanya whispered into his ear: "Om Namo
Transformation even by then had taken place in the
thief because of the touch of the holy person. He was
also freed from the sin of his past deeds because of
the conversation with Chaitanya. The thief went back a
One day many wealthy house-holders had locked their
houses and had gone for the darshan of Sri Krishna
Chaitanya. The thief did not want to lose this
opportunity to break into a house. He went to the
house of the richest man of the town. He broke into
the house and entered the room where the iron safe was
kept. He opened it and saw valuable gems and jewels of
gold. He resolved not to touch anything until he had
finished reciting 1008 times the manthra given to him.
Before he completed the number, the master of the
house arrived along with the familiy. The lady of the
house wanted to remove all the jewels she had worn
before she left the house and keep them back in the
safe. She saw a stranger lost in the recitation of the
sacred manthra "Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya." She
thought he must be a great sage who had come to their
house to bless them. She called her husband. The thief
was lost in his meditation. The entire familiy sat
round him with folded hands. They thought he must be a
saintly soul like Chaitanya.
The thief opened his eyes after the completion of 1008
times the manthra. He was surprised to find a group of
people sitting reverentially before him.
The master of the house asked him, "Oh Sir! May we
know who you are and may we request you to honour us
by accepting to take food with us today so that we
shall be redeemed of our sins."
The thief said to himself: "If the mere recitation of
the Lord's name, now and then can bring me such
honour, what greater things cannot happen to me if I
sincerely make it my daily habit of reciting the name
continuously. I may certainly win the grace of the
Lord." He decided to give up thieving.
He prostrated before the master of the house and his
wife and said, "Mother, let me tell you the truth. I
am a thief. Let me go to the forest. I shall spend the
rest of my life in the contemplation of God." All were
surprised at his words but were very happy.
He stayed with them as their guest that night. The
news of this event spread fast around in the morning.
As a result, the whole neighbourhood came to see him.
They took him in a palanquin round the town and left
him in the forest where he wanted to do his tapas.
Later, once again, he came to Chaitanya and received
his blessings so that he may blossom into a real sage.
This is the power of Nama Sankeertan or Chanting the
The Lord Himself has settled the nature of His worship
for every age. Bhakti Marga is Kali Yuga's simplest
and safest way for Realization of soul for all. Though
the scriptures relate that there will be a decline in
dharma in this Kali era, man can take heart from the
fact that it is in this age that the method for
realising God is easy. Even the performance of one's
duties fetches the maximum benefit (Punya) and the
lapses for not following them properly do not result
in grave sins. The code of conduct (dharma) prescribed
by the scriptures varies according to the age.
Chanting the Divine name has been mentioned as the
best antidote for all the sins of man. Easy to adopt
by anyone it does not have any restriction in the
manner, time or place for its recitation. There are
different methods in which the Divine names can be
handled, Nama japa, Nama sankirtana, Bhajana and
recitation of Stotras, being some of the popular
methods followed according to one's preference.
Harikatha like Nama sankirtana is another method in
which the glory of God is narrated through the medium
of classical music. The songs composed by the great
masters lend themselves well to embellish the Puranic
episodes handled in Harikatha, since they testify to
the mystic experiences of these saints who have
realised God through chanting the Divine name.
Listening to the glory of God (Sravanam) is as
important as chanting His names. The Ramayana and the
Vishnu Sahasranama were very important traditionally
because they were recited before the Lord Himself in
His incarnations as Rama and Krishna respectively,
said Kalyanapuram R. Aravamudan in his Harikatha. The
Bhagavata Purana which was narrated to Pareekshit
mentions in the Gopika Gita, ``Munificent are those
men who extensively recite on earth Your nectar-like
story, which is life-giving to the afflicted, has been
celebrated by the wise, eradicates all sins and is
auspicious to hear.''
While the 1000 names in the Sahasranama were selected
and strung together by Bhishma, the name Rama selected
by Sage Vasishta for the Lord attests to its
importance. It is besides being a name of the Supreme
Being, also a mantra capable of delivering man from
"Nama Japa" means constantly chanting the name of
one's beloved God or Guru with respect and devotion to
invoke God's blessings and free one from material
(worldly) attachments to move towards Spiritual
Realization. The Holy name is the Divine medicine to
save us from the chronic disease of worldliness. Swami
Sivananda of Rishikesh had said that Namasmaran is the
'Namopathy', the best of all Naturopathy, Homeopathy
and Allopathy medicines in curing the physical and
mental ailments. He gave the gospel 'DIN' that means
'Do It Now.'
The power of Nama Japa is well known to all. In the
epilogue to the great Vishnu Sahasra Nama, Parvathi
asks Lord Shiva: How do the wise chant the thousand
names in brief? And Lord Shiva responds with the
well-known couplet "Sri Rama Rama Rameti, Rame Raame
Manorame" Rama Nama, he says, is singularly equal to
the thousand names.
Scriptures say that the celestial Narada Muni once
asked Srimannaryana "Which is your permanent abode?".
To this Sri Vishnu replied "Naham Vasami
Vaikunte,NahiYogi Hridaye,Yatra Mad Bhakta Gayanthe
Tatra Thistami Narada !" which means "Oh Narada, I am
not in Vaikunta, nor in the hearts of yogis, you will
feel my presence where my devotees sing my name with
love and affection".
When Arjuna asked Lord Krishna, "Oh Lord, how can I
perceive when I am engaged in worldly activities?" To
this Lord Krishna replied, "Oh Arjuna, you can always
do my Namajapam by which you will remain in my pure
Meerabai turned ecstatic when she discovered the
potency of Rama nama. It was like coming upon a
treasure - " Payoji maine Ram ratan dhan paayo!" This
treasure, she says, none can rob, it does not reduce
if you draw from it, in fact, it grows at a compound
It is said "God Realization will not spring out of
one's heart, if the seed of the name is not sown in
the proper soil of a saintly and devoted heart,
carefully sifted by the process of renunciation,
watered by the tears of Love and Repentance and
guarded always by good, moral character."
The practice of chanting the Name of God is
recommended by all religions. If one believes in God,
he must necessarily believe the word of God as well.
Listening to the glory of God (Sravanam) is also as
important as chanting His names. It is important to
coordinate thought with chant. If the mind wanders
while lips utter the Name, the exercise is futile.
Let us do the Japa feeling God's presence in
everything and everywhere. Let us draw closer and
nearer to Him while repeating His name. Let us think
He is shining in the chambers of our heart and
witnessing the repetition of the Mantra, as He is the
witness of our mind!
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- THE LITTLE BOY AND HIS FAITH
In an obscure village lived a mother and her son. The
boy had lost his father when he was just two years
old. The mother exerted herself in many ways to earn
enough money for bringing up her only son and
educating him. The boy too was very smart, obedient
and had a great love and regard for his mother. The
boy grew up and reached seventh class. He was studying
hard for the examination.
One day he told his mother, "Ma, I have to pay fees
Rs. 20 for the examination within four days. Please
somehow get for me the amount."
The mother was panicky, she had no money with her, and
it was the last week of the month. She went to the
headmaster and explained her inability to pay the fees
in time and requested to help her in some way or
other. The headmaster replied that nothing was in his
The mother returned home, sat under a tree near her
hut and was weeping. The boy returned from the school,
found his mother weeping. He sat near her and asked:
"Why are you weeping mother?"
"My son, I cannot find money. You cannot go to school
from tomorrow. You better come and work with me. There
is no other way."
The boy said: "Why don't you ask somebody a loan of
Rs. 20. After the examination, I shall work and will
be able to pay back the amount."
"My dear son," replied the mother, "who will give me
the money? Only God if He will."
The boy eagerly enquired, "Who is God, Ma? Where is
He? What is His address? I shall go and get money from
The mother helplessly said: "Yes, there is the Lord of
Vaikunta, Narayana, who is the source of all wealth."
Without a moment's hesitation, the boy ran to the post
office. He had a few small coins with him. He
purchased a card and wrote on it his mother's
unfortunate condition, his own need and requested God
to send Rs. 20 immediately by return post. He ran to
the post box tied to a tree, but he was too short to
reach the slit to put in the letter box.
The postmaster who had been observing the boy all the
while, came out took the card from him and asked: "To
whom are you writing the letter?"
The Boy said: "Oh Sir! This is a very urgent letter to
Lord Narayana in Vaikunta. I have to pay my
examination fees within three days. I am writing to
him requesting him to send Rs. 20 immediately."
The postmaster stared at the address on the post card.
He could not find words, tears gathered in his eyes at
the innocence of that boy. "My dear boy, who gave you
this address?" asked the postmaster. The boy narrated
the dialogue between himself and his mother. "Sir, my
mother says that God is very kind and He will
certainly help the poor like us if only we pray to Him
The postmaster was very much moved. He patted the boy
and said: "My dear boy, I shall see to the express
delivery of this post card. You better come day after
The boy ran home in a joyful mode. He told his mother
that he would get the money in a day.
The boy went to the postmaster the day after. The
postmaster said: "My dear boy, here is the cover,
inside it you will find Rs. 20. Now go and pay the
fees." The boy ran home with the cover and placed it
in his mother's hands.
The mother asked him sternly how he had got the money.
The boy narrated the entire discussion with the
postmaster. She would not believe him. She hurried to
the postmaster and asked him whether what her son had
told her was true and how it could have happened.
The postmaster told her: "Mother, believe me. I have
always been a hard hearted man. When I saw your son
with that letter, I could not believe my own eyes. A
letter written to God with such faith. It moved me. It
must be God who had induced me to come to the rescue
of your son. Please take the money. It must be God's
will that I should give this money. Otherwise I would
not have chanced to see your boy and your son's faith
in God would have been shattered. I consider this an
opportunity to help a good boy."
If we pray to God sincerely, God does help us. He
would induce someone to act as His agent. Implicit
faith in God alone would rescue everyone from all
troubles and travails.
Steady faith alone can earn victory. You cannot be
changing your allegiance as and when you please. Hold
fast until the realization is awarded. Faith can work
wonders. It can compel the Lord to manifest himself
and give you what you believe he will give you. The
Faith can come only slowly by association with the
Godly, by reading the lives and experiences of godly
persons and by gaining experience oneself.
An individual who has faith in God must put his faith
into practice. By believing in God and yet ignoring
God's utterances and commands, you are contradicting
yourselves. Faith is not a cloak that is worn outside
for deceiving others. Do not waver or doubt once you
are convinced. Seek to understand and satisfy
yourself. After that, do not be mislead. When the sun
is over your head, there will be no shadow; similarly
when faith is steady in your head, it should not cast
any shadow of doubt. Faith in God is the secure
foundation on which hope has to be built. The faith
has to be stable and strong. The feeling that God will
come to our rescue has to be vivid and vital,
motivating and activating all that we do or speak or
Everyone has the right to earn grace, but those like
Ramakrishna who have faith in themselves, will earn it
soon and plentifully. God loves those who have the
self-confidence and the courage of conviction and who
seize every opportunity to improve their spiritual
status. Your 'self' is God. You have faith in your
judgment, your intelligence, your ability, because God
within tells you not to falter and fear. That is
assurance from within, from your basic truth, which is
otherwise called God. It does not matter if you do not
call it God, it is enough if you believe in yourself.
That is the real test of theism.
A time honoured proverb says "Na Sukhaath Labhyathe
Sukham" - Real and lasting happiness cannot be won
through physical pleasures. Lasting happiness can come
only by the discipline of the mind and faith in the
Lord which cannot be diminished by good or bad
fortune. Man has to use the power of discrimination
given to him to fight the evil forces within him and
to foster the Divine elements in him by his own
effort, by listening to the voice of his conscience.
Man has to use the freedom to discriminate between
right and wrong, good and evil.
Peace and happiness cannot prevail in the individual
and society until man develops faith in the unity of
mankind, inspite of the apparent differences. Man has
to renounce all thoughts of difference and learn to
derive delight from the Vision of the One in the
smallest and the most colossal of God's Creation. Be
happy and make others happy. Happiness in the nature
of the Atma.
So develop that unshakabale faith in the Lord like
Prahlad who being a little boy with complete faith in
the Lord could be saved even from the evil clutches of
his own father Hiranyakashipu,when Lord took the
Narasimha Avatar to protect him. So just surrender
with faith to the Lord all your problems and worries
in life and wait for HIS ringtone!!
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- THE ANIMAL CONFERENCE AT THE FOREST
One day a clever fox began wondering, "Why man is
considered the acme of creation and in what way is he
superior to animals? Both man and beast have emotions
and passions. Both have their own good and bad
qualities. Why then this superiority? Let me go to the
king lion and seek his advice."
Thinking thus, the fox hurried to the lion's den. "How
nice to see you after so many days! Come tell me what
is it that you want?" said the lion.
The fox said in all humility, "Oh, King! Man is
growing all-powerful and is claiming sovereignty over
the entire creation! I cannot tolerate man's arrogance
and his claim of superiority over all animals. In what
way are we inferior? Can we not establish our
superiority? We must do something about it."
The lion nodded its head and said: "True dear, what
shall we do?" The lion and the fox discussed the
problem for a long time and decided finally to call
for a conference of all animals in the forest. They
would discuss thoroughly the relative merits and
demerits of man versus animals.
The lion then said to the fox: "Go and make all
arrangements for the conference. Invite all animals,
big and small without any exception. But, who will
preside over the conference?"
The fox replied: "There is a sage in our forest who
has been doing penance since a long time. He is a
friend of both man and animals. He will certainly have
no preference or prejudices. Why not request him to be
"Do so", replied the lion.
In a week's time the fox executed the whole plan. A
vast area in the forest was cleared to hold the
conference. On the appointed day the animals began
filling up towards the conference venue. Very soon,
all the animals were seated in their respective
places. The sage arrived in time and took his
presidential seat. The lion and the elephant stood on
either side of the sage, while the fox stood in front
of the gathering.
The fox being the Secretary of the conference welcomed
the gathering and said: "I welcome you all and thank
you all for attending this conference". Referring to
the Agenda of the conference, the fox said: "I am
pleased to place before you four major points over
which we have to deliberate. You have to think well
and come forth with your opinions as these points have
a vital bearing on our self-respect.
Man as well as the animals are born alike, of the womb
of the mother. Then why should animals be called
'janthu' and man as 'manava'? They should be addressed
There is a fantastic notion that man is wise and
animals are foolish. We cannot accept this humiliation
and baseless stigma.
It is claimed that man has the most blessed faculty of
speech. But what is the reason for pride when man is
only abusing this faculty? In what way do we suffer
for want of this faculty? Though we are dumb, we are
able to procure food, find shelter, rear our children
and live happily. So, man cannot be considered as
superior to us only because of this rare faculty of
which he boasts.
Finally, they say that we are cruel and that man is
kind and compassionate. In fact, we are more kind and
considerate than man. So, we have to refute this
allegation, as well.
Having read out the agenda, the fox went and sat in
The lion stepped forward and raising his head, said in
a dignified manner: "I totally approve of all the
points of the agenda. I cannot consider man superior
to us in any way. Let us first of all take up the
point of valour and strength. Is there one among men
who can excel me in strength and valour? Even though I
am the sole monarch of the forest, I do not indulge in
any act of injustice and corruption. I don't kill any
animal unless I am hungry. Such being the case, can
man claim to be superior to us?" "Never, never",
roared the whole assembly.
The lion then resumed its seat beside the sage. The
elephant got up and trumpeted its own glory. "In form,
stature, and strength, I am far superior to man. He is
a pigmy beside me. As for intelligence, I am reputed
for my subtle intellect. Since time immemorial, for
every important and auspicious function in the temple
or in the palace my presence is considered auspicious.
In fact pious men offer me fruits and flowers with
deep feelings of reverence. How can man call himself
superior to us?" The whole assembly roared: "He can't,
he can't". The elephant went back to its seat by the
side of the sage.
Then came forward the dog and saluting one and all in
the assembly said aloud: "I have sound reason to claim
that the animals are certainly superior to mankind.
Take for example, the quality of love, faithfulness
and loyalty. Can any man boast of himself being
superior to the dog in these qualities? Man himself
keeps us and treats us as a member of his family
because of these rare qualities. But, what about men?
They have no sense of gratitude even. They keep us on
cheap food or on the left over bits at their meal.
Man, in his relation to his own master whom he serves
is ungrateful to the core. Sir, I am sure, we animals
are far superior in these characteristics to man."
Having spoken thus, it went and sat in its place.
It was now the turn of the President to give out his
decision on the mater under dispute.
The sage got up and said: "My dear friends, what the
dog has said is true. Man often says one thing and
does another. This inconsistency is not to be found in
animals". All the animals clapped for long with joy.
The sage continued: "In the matter of food, sleep and
allied habits of living, there is absolutely no
difference between man and animals. But, there is one
fundamental difference. The animals cannot transform
themselves, while man can transform himself through
education, company and emulation. The animals cannot
even change their food habits".
The fox at once got up and questioned, "Oh Master!
What you have said is true. But do you think that all
men transform themselves?"
The sage said: "Why, without doubt, such men who do
not, are worse than animals." At once all the animals
clapped and cheered the President.
The sage continued: "Men have got another virtue,
discrimination". The fox said: "It is true that they
have discrimination, but what is the use? They put
even animals to shame in their bad conduct. Oh, what a
pity! Man spends all his time, talents, strength and
money to earn his bread, while we animals procure food
without any labour."
The sage could see that the fox was trying to exceed
the limits and make much of their instinctive nature.
So, he said: "Oh, dear animals! You must also be told
about another important distinction. Man can conquer
illusion. He can realise the self or atma and attain
immortality. In fact the very word "man" indicates
M - means Maya;
A - means the Atmic vision and
N - means Nirvana.
By getting rid of illusion and attaining Atmic vision,
man can become God. Why don't you own and admit your
The animals asked him: "Oh Wise one! Do you mean to
say that all men make use of these three attributes?"
"No, not all of them," replied the sage.
"Then those who do not attain nirvana by conquering
illusion and having atmic vision must be treated as
our comrades" asserted the animals, in one voice.
"Oh, Dear ones!" replied the sage, "I have come to
this forest only to be your friend and prove myself a
Importance of Human Birth:
In this wonderful universe, God has created billions
(84 lacs according to Hindusastra calculation) of
creatures or beings (including Gods, demigods,
insects, beasts and men) inhabiting heaven, hell,
earth, ocean, sky and other intermediate regions. Of
these, those creatures or souls, whose merits
preponderate, go to heaven and live there till they
enjoy the fruits of their actions, and when this is
done, they are cast down while those souls, whose sins
or demerits preponderate, go down to hell, and suffer
the consequences of their misdeeds for so long a time
as they deserve. When their merits and demerits
balance each other, they are born on earth as human
beings, and are given a chance to work out their
salvation. Ultimately when their merits and demerits
both drop down (are got rid of) completely, they get
their deliverance and become free. To put the matter
in a nutshell, souls get their births or
transmigrations according to their deeds and
intelligence (development of their minds).
Special Value of the Human Body:
As we all know, four things are common to all the
creatures, viz. food, sleep, fear and sexual union. In
the case of man, he is endowed with a special faculty,
viz. knowledge, with the help of which he can attain
God-vision, which is impossible in any other birth. It
is for this reasons that Gods envy man's fortune and
aspire to be born as men on earth, so as to get their
Some say, that there is nothing worse than the human
body, which is full of filth, mucus, phlegm and dirt,
and which is subject to decay, disease and death. This
is no doubt true to a certain extent; but inspite of
these drawbacks and defects, the special value of the
human body is - that man has got the capacity to
acquire knowledge: it is only due to the human
knowledge that one can think of the perishable and
transitory nature of the body itself, and of the world
and get a disgust for the sense-enjoyments and can
discriminate between the unreal and the real, and thus
attain God-vision. So, if we reject or neglect the
body because it is filthy, we lose the chance of
God-vision, and if we fondle it, and run after sense -
enjoyments, because it is precious, we go to hell. The
proper course, therefore, for us to pursue is the
following; that the body should neither be neglected
nor fondled, but should be properly cared for, just as
a traveler on horse-back takes care of his pony on the
way till he reaches his destination and returns home.
Thus the body should ever be used or engaged to attain
God-vision or self-realization, which is the supreme
end of life.
It is said that though God created various sorts of
creatures he was not satisfied, for none of them was
able to know and appreciate His work. So he had to
create a special being - Man, and endow him with a
special faculty, viz. Knowledge and when He saw that
man was able to appreciate His Leela - marvellous work
and intelligence. He was highly pleased and satisfied.
(Vide, Bhagawat 11-9-28). So really it is good luck to
get a human body, better luck to get birth in a
Brahmin family, and best one, to get an opportunity of
having recourse to a Guru's Feet and surrendering to
Realizing how precious the human life is, and knowing
that Death is certain and may snatch us at any time,
we should be ever alert to achieve the object of our
life, we should not make the least delay but make
every possible haste to gain our object, just as a
widower is most anxious to get himself married to a
new bride, or just as a king leaves no stone unturned
to seek his lost son. So with all earnestness and
speed, we should strive to attain our end, i.e.,
self-realization. Casting aside sloth and laziness,
warding off drowsiness, we should day and night
meditate on the Self. If we fail to do this, we reduce
ourselves to the level of beasts.
How to Proceed?
The most effective and speedy way to gain our object
is to approach a worthy Saint or Sage - Sadguru, who
has himself attained God-vision. What cannot be
achieved by hearing religious lectures and study of
religious works, is easily obtained in the company of
such worthy souls. Just as the sun alone gives light,
which all the stars put together cannot do, so the
Sad-Guru alone imparts spiritual wisdom which all the
sacred books and sermons cannot infuse. His movements
and simple talks give us 'silent' advice. The virtues
of forgiveness, calmness, disinterestedness, charity,
benevolence, control of mind and body, egolessness
etc. are observed by the disciples as they are being
practiced in such pure and holy company. This
enlightens their minds and lifts them up spiritually!!
"Having taken birth thousand and thousand of cores of
times, as a result of the accumulated merits, at some
time the being gets the human birth. Having obtained
the human birth which is difficult to get and which is
like a step to Liberation who is more sinful than him
who does not uplift himself." (Garuda Purana and Sai
Teachings, Path to Liberation, pag. 29)
"Man alone has the chance to liberate himself from the
wheel of birth and death, through the pleasant means
of serving God. But as a result of ignorance, or what
is worse, perversity, he lets the opportunity slip
from his hands, and suffers grief and pain, fear and
anxiety, ad infinitum." (SSS Vol. VI, pag. 60)
"The traditional number of created beings is 84 lakhs,
and man is the final item of the evolutionary
procession; but, why did the number stop at 84 lakhs?
It stopped because man is the zenith, the fullness; he
is Maadhava in fact, though he has ignored the truth
and holds fast to the belief that he is just a man. He
is endowed with manas, buddhi, chiththa and ahamkaara
(mind, intelligence, reasoning fac lty and ego), all
four, in an integrated personality, whereas the birds
and beasts and all other species have mostly
ahamkaaram (ego) alone. The lives of the later are
centred round the aham and its desires and demands.
But, man has the capacity to follow sathya, dharma,
shaanthi and prema; man alone has it. If he does not
evince that capacity and develop it, he is as bad as a
vaanara or a daanava (ape or ogre). When man was
created, there remained nothing higher to create."
(SSS Vol. 6-15)
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- THE PUNDIT AND THE KING
A learned Pundit was once giving discourses on the
Bhagavad Gita in the august presence of a Maharaja.
One day the turn of this sloka came:
Ye janaah paryupaasathe
Yogakshemam vahamyaham." (Gita chapter 9, verse 22)
The Pundit was explaining enthusiastically the
many-sided implications of this sloka, but the
Maharaja shook his head and said: "This meaning is not
He continued to dispute the correctness of every one
of the explanations the Pundit gave. The poor Pundit
had won meritorious distinctions at the court of many
a Maharaja and was honoured by them all with pompous
titles. He felt as if he was stabbed when the Maharaja
in the presence of the entire band of courtiers
condemned his explanation of this sloka a 'wrong'.
He smarted under the insult; but plucking up courage,
he again set upon his task, and marshalling all his
scholarship, he plunged into an eloquent discourse on
the multiple meaning of the words, "Yoga" and
The Maharaja did not approve of even this; he ordered:
"Find out the meaning of this sloka and having
understood it well, come to me again tomorrow." With
this, the Maharaja rose from his throne and went into
the inner apartments.
The Pundit lost even the few grains of courage left in
him. He was weighed down by anxiety; he tottered under
the insult; he reached home and, placing the copy of
the Gita aside, he dropped on his bed.
Surprised at this, the Pundit's wife asked, "Tell me
why you came home from the palace today in such grief?
What exactly did happen?" She rained one anxious
question after another so that the Pundit was obliged
to describe to her all hat had happened, the insults
heaped on his head, the command with which the
Maharaja sent him home, etc.
The wife listened calmly to the account of what had
happened and after pondering deeply over the incident,
she said, "Yes; it is true. What the Maharaja said is
right. The explanation you gave for the sloka is not
the correct one. How could the Maharaja approve it?
The fault is yours."
At this, the Pundit rose in anger from the cot, like a
cobra whose tail is trodden hard. "What do you know,
you silly woman? Am I inferior in intelligence to you?
Do you, who are engaged in the kitchen all the time,
cooking and serving, claim to know more than I? Shut
your mouth and quit my presence," he roared.
But the lady stood her ground. She replied, "Lord! Why
do you fly into such a rage at a statement of mere
truth? Repeat the sloka once again to yourself and
ponder over its meaning. You will then arrive at the
right answer yourself." Thus by her soft words the
wife brought calm into the mind of her husband.
The Pundit started analysing the meaning of each
individual word in the sloka. Ananyaaschinthayantho
maam, be began, deliberately and slowly, repeating
aloud the various meanings.
The wife intervened and said, "What use is it to learn
and expound the meanings of words? Tell me what your
intention was when you approached this Maharaja. What
was the purpose?"
At this, the Pundit got wild. "Should I not run this
family, this home? How am I to meet the cost of food
and drink, of clothes and things, for you and all the
rest? It is for the sake of these that I went to him,
of course; or else, what business have I with him?" he
The wife then replied. "If you had only understood
what lord Krishna has declared in this sloka, the urge
to go to this Maharaja would not have arisen!
The Lord in the Sloka clearly explains that
Ananyaschintayanto maam ye janaa paryupaasate which
means :Whoever worships me without any other thought
or any other material worries and if one surrenders to
ME completely at all times, his mind ever fixed on ME
Teshaam Nityaabhiyuktaanam Yogakshemam Vahaamyaham
which means To those devotees of mine, I would
provide everything that they need and fulfil all their
requirements in life(yoga and kshema)".
Thus explaining the sloka to the Pundit the wife
remarked You have not done these; you approach the
Maharaja, believing that he would provide everything!
That is where you have gone against the meaning of the
verse. That is the reason why he did not accept your
Hearing this, that reputed scholar sat awhile,
ruminating on her remarks. He realised his mistake. He
did not proceed to the palace the next day. Instead,
he got immersed in the worship of Krishna at home.
When the king inquired why the Pundit had not
appeared, courtiers said that he was staying at home
and had not started out. The king sent a messenger,
but the Pundit declined to move out.
He said, "There is no need for me to go to any one; my
Krishna will provide me with everything; He will bear
my Yogakshema Himself. I suffered insult because I did
not realise this so long, being blinded by eagerness
to know the manifold meanings of mere words.
Surrendering to Him, if I am ceaselessly engaged in
worshipping Him, He will Himself provide me with all I
When the messenger took this message to the palace,
the Maharaja proceeded to the dwelling of the Pundit
on foot; he fell at the feet of the Pundit, saying "I
thank you sincerely for explaining to me this day, out
of your own experience, the meaning of the sloka which
you expounded yesterday."
Thus, the king taught the Pundit that any propagation
of spiritual matters which does not come out of the
crucible of experience is mere glitter and show.
Mere learning by rote the contents of books is not
important. We should imbibe the gandha (essence) of
all Granthas (texts). That is true education. People
read a number of books, but what is the use? They
merely quote what others have said. Is this what we
are supposed to learn? We should listen to the
prompting / utterance of our inner voice and share it
with others. But, scarcely anybody thinks on these
We must put into practice at least one or two
principles of what we have learnt and set an example
to others. People who are learned scholars, but do not
practice what they preach may appear to be eminent and
famous but with their own actions might end up cheap
in their behaviour.
The end of education is character. We should consider
character as our very life-breath. Education without
character is useless like half-cooked rice. We should
practise at least one or two principles and only then
venture to preach to others.
There are three important principles in every human
being Manas (Mind), Buddhi (Intellect) and Atma
(Self). What is the nature of Self? It is
all-pervasive. True education is that which originates
from the heart. The reference in this context is to
the spiritual heart and not the physical heart. There
are many noble souls who are setting ideals to society
by translating their knowledge into action. If we do
not act in a principled manner, all our education
becomes useless. It is what we practise that matters,
not what we speak. Wherever we may go, our behaviour
should be exemplary.
In order to realise our true nature, we must practise
what we preach. Only then can we experience bliss.
Verily, bliss is the true nature of man. Why should we
give up that which is natural to us and lead an
artificial life? Wherever we see, in colleges and
schools, students lack practical knowledge. They give
importance, only to bookish knowledge and become
books' themselves. True education is that which
originates from the heart. Heart is very important for
human existence. We should rely more on our spiritual
heart than on the physical heart. Conscience is
another name for spiritual heart.
Keep your heart pure. That should be your main
endeavour. Whatever is done with love and purity of
heart will confer bliss on you. In fact, bliss is
latent in everyone. But man is unaware of this truth.
One should make every effort to manifest one's innate
bliss in him.
In politics, in the field of administration, in
schools and colleges, in spiritual institutions,
everywhere, we have a surfeit of preachers but a
famine in practitioners. Heroes on platforms prove
themselves zeros when they descend to the ground.
Therefore, demonstrate in your own lives, how love can
confer peace and joy, how all faiths lead to the same
goal, how all men and brothers of one another. This is
the real message of living a truthful and purposeful
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- ISWARSHANDRA VIDYA SAGAR AND THE YOUNG OFFICER
Once Iswarachandra Vidya Sagar (see footnote after the
spiritual commentary for more details on him) was
proceeding to a neighbouring village to deliver an
address. People used to gather in large numbers to
listen to his lectures. A young officer, who wanted to
listen to Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar's lecture, got down
from a train with a bag to go to the Lecture-hall.
Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar also got down from the same
The young officer was calling for a porter to carry
Iswar Chandra went to him and said: "Why do you need a
coolly to carry this small bag? Can't you carry it
yourself and save the money?"
He replied: "It is not in saving money but saving my
dignity that I am asking the coolly to carry my
bag.You see I am an educated person."
Iswar Chandra told him: "The hallmark of education is
humility, not pride. If you cannot carry your own bag,
how are you carrying your body? If, however, you
cannot carry your own bag, I shall do so."
And Iswar Chandra carried the officer's bag. He acted
on the motto: "Plain living and high thinking."
The young man wanted to offer money to his 'porter'.
Iswar Chandra told him: "To serve you is my reward".
The young officer left and was later proceeding to the
venue of the meeting. There people were offering
garlands to Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar to welcome him to
The young officer realised that the man who had
offered to carry his bag at the station was none other
than the respected speaker of the evening, Iswar
Chandra Vidyasagar. He felt ashamed that he had made
such a great man carry his bag.
He reflected: "What is his education and what is mine?
I am like a glow worm before the Sun." !!
If we regard what we are or our ego is depending on
our position or wealth in life, one does not know when
this position will rise or fall or even vanish
altogether. The moment we lose our position, we become
an ordinary person and so there is no point in having
ego which depends on our position or authority. If we
want to feel important or arrogant because of our
education, it is well known that true education
consists of acquiring humility and removing the ego.
True education does not bring arrogance. Education
brings humility in its wake and all educated people
look at everyone else with humility and equal
If we ask the question who is a blind man in this
world, we get the answer that he who knows everything
and yet is not able to see things in the proper
perspective, is a blind man. If only we are able to
give service and conduct ourselves with humility when
we see elders, that will be referred to as true
education. Without knowing the essence of education,
we should not go about saying that we are an educated
person. Our beauty, our age, our strength, our wealth
and our position should not make us feel very proud
because with our advancing age all these will vanish.
In this context, what is the point in our feeling
proud of this leather bag of a body?
To make the education that we get a prop for our life
or a breadwinner for our life is a mistake. Our life
itself should give us the strength to live. Education
should not be made a breadwinner. There are crores of
people in this world who are not educated and who are
still living a good life. To think that education is
necessary to enable man to live is quite wrong.
Education should enable us to be an ideal and develop
into an ideal example. Our learning is not to be used
just to fill our stomach. Education is the correct
type of education if it enables us to lead a life
which can be an example to others and if it enables us
to distinguish the right from wrong.
Education should promote humility in us, should enable
us to become more humble than an uneducated person, it
should enable us to serve our Guru,parents and country
and our service should become a selfless service. If
we become a selfish person and simply acquire degrees
which become a burden on our shoulders, that kind of
education is of no use. Selfishness, exhibitionism and
immorality are now a days mostly seen in an extensive
measure only in the educated class of people. Such
education which makes us proud and which removes all
the good qualities such as humility and humbleness
cannot add to the prosperity of the country. It can
only cause harm to the country and create confusion
As we become more and more educated, our ideas should
become broader and broader. As our knowledge grows
further and further, humility should also become more
and more. At any time and under all circumstances we
should be prepared to give our help, energy and
encouragement to those who ask for it. But now a days
the moment our students get one or two degrees they
become burdensome to their own parents and they do
such things which cause great confusion in the minds
of the parents. They bring tears of sorrow to the
parents. The father of the house struggles to do
everything for the family even when he grows old. In
spite of the fact that the son sees the father going
through all this struggle, he does not raise even his
little finger to help him. This kind of education
which makes one not serve his father, how is it going
to enable him to serve the country? Mother and father
would have struggled and starved on many occasions to
be able to feed and support their son as a student and
when the parents are in difficulty the son would not
do anything to help them and relieve their hunger and
trouble. He himself eats and sleeps like a Kumbhakarna
in a very selfish manner. What is the use of education
which he has received if it does to teach him to look
after the welfare of the mother and father when they
are in difficulties?
We all know the greatness of Hanumaan who was the
symbol of selfless service. He was endowed with mighty
power, valor, strength and he was hailed as a great
scholar of impeccable character. Yet when the demons
in Sri Lanka, questioned him who he was, he never
hesitated to reply that he was the servant of Sri
Ramachandra. Such is the humilty of a well educated
We will have to feel honored to call ourselves as a
servant of God and humanity. If we start serving with
the attitude that service to man is service to God we
will find God there. The same thing we may not
experience in japa or dhyana. We have to shut our mind
and open our heart which happens while doing Seva
We say diamond and gold are highly valuable. If we
enquire deeply, man is more valuable than all the
wealth of the world. Men alone decides the value of
gold and diamond, and other materials. Man should have
faith in himself. Every one should chant the name of
God and engage in service in accordance with the
advice given by Hanumaan to Vibheeshana. He said:
"Mere chanting Rama's name won't do. You should also
engage yourself in Rama's work". Vibheeshana went on
chanting the name but failed to make any effort to
alleviate the suffering of Sita and Rama on their
separation while Hanumaan engaged himself in the
service of Rama.
Learn to turn over a new leaf even if you have not
lived an ideal life in the past. Do not brood over the
past and worry about the future. Concentrate on the
present. Take everything as the gift of God; discard
worry. You cannot demand sweet medicine for your
illness from the doctor. You must take whatever is
prescribed. Do not give room in the heart for anything
else but God. The world outside is a reflection of the
Inner Being. Be happy within and joyful outside and
have enthusiasm for service. Do not bother about
others heckling you as you are engaged in Service to
God which is the HIGHEST one can achieve in human
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Bengal, he is widely considered as one of the most
significant figures of the Bengal Renaissance of 19th
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entrepreneur, writer, translator, reformer and
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- TUMBARU AND NARAD JI
Narad and Tumbaru went to Vaikunth to meet the Lord.
Tumbaru was a very good singer. He sang so well before
the Lord that even the Lord felt joy and peace in his
heart. As a gift the Lord gave him some fine clothes
But looking at this, Narad ji even though he is
considered the 'mind of God,' as he is a great devotee
of the Lord,felt very jealous of Tumbaru. He also
wanted to please the Lord even more by singing. So he
decided to learn to sing.
But his voice wasn't very good as Tumbaru but
nevertheless he still learnt to sing and tried hard to
get it into a proper tune. After practising a lot,
finally Naradji went to the Lord and sang.
The Lord said, ''Hey Narada, you've come to get fine
clothes and ornaments from me, but you can't sing as
well as Tumbaru.'' The Lord was very clear and curt in
Naradji could not take this insult. So he performed a
lot of austerities to please Shivji and asked a boon
from Shivji that he should become an expert singer.
Being happy with this boon, he again went in front of
the Lord and sang but it was to no avail. God was not
pleased. Naradji again began to practice.
He worked very hard for thousands of years. But as he
was doing this out of jealousy, God was not pleased.
In the end Naradji went to Tumbaru. He became very
humble and asked Tumbaru to teach him how to sing.
Tumbaru taught him with all his dedication very
Naradji then once again went to see the Lord and sang
before the Lord in Dwarka. The Lord was now extremely
pleased with his song and rewarded Naradji with lots
of clothes and ornaments!!
Never be jealous. Jealousy often disturbs peace of
mind. Jealousy and hatred are twin thieves. The one
cannot live without the company of the other. There is
an inextricable relationship between them; they will
always take shelter within each other. Hatred may be
compared to an underground pest and jealousy may be
compared to an above-ground pest. Together they can
destroy a tree. Consider a tree which is very green,
which is flowering and producing fruit, which is very
attractive to look at. When pests enter this tree the
tree will become dry within days. One of the pests
will go to the branches and leaves above while the
other strikes at the roots below. While the one spoils
the beauty of the tree the other will try to destroy
the very life of the tree. They will always accompany
So it is also with jealousy and hatred. Wherever there
is jealousy there will also be hatred, and whenever
hatred is visible you will find jealousy lurking
invisibly behind. Hatred takes on a particular form.
It manifests itself in various ways. For jealousy
there is no form; it remains hidden under the surface.
It has been said that there is no person in the world
who does not suffer from some jealousy; there will be
at least a small tendency towards jealousy in every
person. To make sure that this jealousy and hatred do
not enter your system you have to develop selfless
love. Where there is selfless love there is no place
for jealousy and hatred to enter and take hold. When
jealousy and hatred are kept out, you can have the
experience of divine bliss.
Conquer Jealousy and you can Conquer Anything:
There is an ancient story of a devout woman who had a
reputation of being completely equanimous and free of
jealousy. Even her name meant 'without jealousy'. When
the three aspects of divinity, Brahma, Vishnu and
Shiva, which are the creative, the preservative and
the destructive principles of divinity, came to test
her, her extreme purity of heart was able to win them
over and turn them into little babies. She became like
a mother to them. In her presence, they remained
happily nestled in her arms.
The three aspects of divinity also represent the three
qualities in nature, the active, the passive, and the
cyclical, which govern all phenomenal life in the
world. These three qualities make up our experiences
in the world, and the three aspects of divinity are
the substratum of these qualities. Therefore, the
deeper meaning of this story is that when you are free
of jealousy, everything in the world will be like a
baby in your arms. You will be its mother, it will
look up to you and follow you. Truly, once you are
free of jealousy you will be able to conquer anything.
You may think that jealousy will destroy others but in
fact it will destroy you, not the others. It will make
you sick. You will not be able to sleep well. You will
not be able to eat well. Even if you are totally
healthy, once jealousy takes hold of you it will cause
all kinds of physical ailments to sprout up in you. It
is like an inner consumption. Just as tuberculosis
creeps in and consumes, so also jealousy weakens you
without your realizing it. It can get into you in any
number of ways and will ultimately destroy you.
Jealousy is a vicious disease which must not be
permitted to gain a foothold. You must feel that God
will always bless you with his grace. Even if you are
in a lesser position than you think you deserve, you
should enjoy the happiness of others. You should be
glad to hear of their accomplishments and not feel sad
just because they have things which you do not have.
Jealousy is all-pervasive in this immoral age. It is
prevalent in all types of people, be they worldly or
spiritually inclined. It is mostly because of jealousy
that people lose their peace of mind and waste their
lives. Along with jealousy, backbiting and hatred soon
make their ugly appearance. If you are the target of
these evil qualities in others, your best protection
is the great virtue of forbearance.
So long as you have jealousy you can never shine. All
the great virtues in you will disappear. The Gita has
taught that the primary spiritual practice is to
develop ideal virtues and apply them in your daily
life. In this way, you create favorable circumstances
for yourself. When you lead a virtuous life, you will
be able to experience the principle of the atma. But
if you do not develop the great qualities and apply
them to your daily life, you will never be able to
realize the divinity.
If your love is wholesome, full and complete, you will
be able to manifest the fullness of the Atmic
effulgence and shine brightly. If you have a narrow
selfish love, it will be something like a dim bedroom
bulb. It is not a question of current; the potential
for providing any amount of current is available and
ready. You must change the bulb in order to get a
greater light. If you are filled with jealousy, then
the power of the light will be very small. If you have
the effulgence of selfless love, then the power will
be something like a 1000 watt bulb. Therefore, develop
your love. It is possible to recognize the divinity
only with the help of love.
There are a number of important signs of jealousy.
Jealousy makes its appearance when you meet a person
who has earned greater fame than you. Or it will
develop when a person has more wealth than you.
Jealousy will also show its head when you come into
the presence of a person who is more beautiful and
handsome. For students, jealousy will soon appear if
there is another student who scores higher marks than
you. It is the weakness of ordinary human beings to
develop jealousy whenever they come in contact with
people who excel them in terms of wealth, position,
beauty, intelligence, and other such qualities.
Jealousy will not live harmlessly inside you. The
moment jealousy enters all the virtues which you have
cultivated over a long time, all the great qualities
which you have developed, are destroyed. It ruins the
human nature; it strengthens the animal nature; it
promotes the demonic nature. It has no scruples. It
does not look forward or backward. It is such an
insidious quality that you must see to it that
jealousy will never possess you.
Enjoy the prosperity of others. Enjoy the progress of
others. Enjoy the welfare of others. Enjoy the beauty
of others. This is true virtue. This is one of the
most important teachings of the Gita. Desiring the
good of others is a laudable quality which everyone
Jealousy and Hatred destroy those who possess them!!
While explaining these principles to Arjuna, Krishna
told Arjuna, "For your evil cousins, the one hundred
brothers who have been plotting to destroy the
Pandavas' joy and happiness, it is their evil
qualities which encouraged them to do all their wicked
deeds. People who are jealous attract bad people for
company. These cousins have with them their evil
uncle, who encouraged them in their enmity towards the
Pandavas. He is filled with jealousy. These are all
blind people. Just as their father is physically
blind, all hundred brothers are mentally blind. They
join together and fall in line with one another. But
you can be sure, Arjuna, that the bad qualities in
these people will destroy them." As Krishna predicted,
not even one of these hundred brothers survived the
war to perform the funeral rites for their parents.
This is the great tragedy of falling into hatred and
Are you jealous of somebody? Jealousy is a canker.It
is incorrect to imagine that A has blocked your
promotion in office or that B has ruined you by
competing in the same business.
Again and again remember: no one can make or mar your
career. Your career and your life are shaped by your
previous Karma. If you are destined to rise, not all
the world can stop it. If you are not so destined, not
all the world can help you to come up either. Each man
is governed by his own destiny. Each man's life is
independent, though seemingly interdependent with the
lives of others.
Remember this. Understand this point well. Never again
be jealous of others or blame others for your
misfortune. Instead, strive to learn from those who
are better than you and in that you would definitely
become a better person!!
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- DRAUPADI AND LORD KRISHNA
Once during the Sankranti Festival, Draupadi happened
to be in Lord Krishnas residence. Lord Krishna was
enjoying and sharing with them fresh sugar cane of the
season. While cutting a piece of cane, his little
finger got injured. Blood began to ooze out.
The queens ran to their apartments and started
frantically searching their wardrobes for a piece of
coarse cloth to bandage the wound. But Draupadi, who
was seated at the Lotus Feet of the Lord, at once tore
a piece off her sari and bandaged the wound. The
queens returned with pieces of cloth only to find that
the wound had already been attended to by Draupadi.
Years rolled on and Draupadi was being humiliated by
Dussasana in the court of Dhritarashtra at Hastinapur.
He was trying to disrobe her. She cried out in the
open assembly for help and prayed to Lord Krishna to
come immediately to her rescue and save her honour.
Lord Krishna who was then at Dwaraka hundreds of miles
away, readily responded to her sincere prayer. He
shook the little finger, the self same finger that was
bandaged by a piece of cloth torn from her sari by
Lo! Yards and yards of cloth flowed into the court
covering the body of Draupadi. Thus Draupadis small
act of service and sacrifice brought to her later on,
the Lords Grace and protection in her great calamity
from which none of the her heroic husbands, the
Pandavas, could save her.
A good act is a Godly act for which God rewards at the
appropriate time.Before desiring anything one must
make himself worthy of it!!
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- THE HUNTER AND THE MONKEYS
A hunter wanted to catch some monkeys. Hence he
gathered sticky saps from the trees and made a very
sticky liquid. He coated the liquid on the trunks of
some trees. As the sun dried the liquid, the liquid
looked like beautiful crystals.
The monkeys were very attracted by it. Hence they went
to touch the trunks with their right hands.
Immediately they realized that their right hands were
stuck to the trees.
Worried, the monkeys tried to escape by pushing the
trunk with their left hands, so their left hands were
stuck too. Next they tried to push off the trunk with
their right feet, then their left feet and finally
After this, they became completely stuck on the tree
trunk allowing the hunter to capture them easily.
In real life, very often craving starts with a very
small and seemingly innocent desire. Soon one becomes
attached to this small desire. Next in order to
support this small desire, one becomes attached to
another desire. To support this 2nd desire, one
becomes attached to a third desire and so on. Soon one
becomes completely attached to many desires, just like
the monkey with all its limbs and head stuck. Hence
the wise saying goes,
"Which is better: to satisfy a thousand cravings, or
just simply conquer one craving?"
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