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Conduct of a disciple
« on: January 07, 2009, 11:35:20 AM »
Murugnar's Verse 801:

Maurice Frydman, the compiler of I am That and Maharshi's Gospel,
questioned Bhagavan about the first half of this verse (Bhagavan's
Verse 39 of Ulladu Narpadu - Anubandham)  and received the following explanation.

Question:  Sri Bhagavan has written (Ulladu Narpadu Anubandham,
Verse 39) that one should not show advaita in one's activities.
Why so? All are one. Why differentiate?

Bhagavan: Would you like to sit on the seat that I am sitting on?

Question: I don't mind sitting there. But if I came and sat there,
the, sarvadhikari (ashram manager, Chinnaswami) and the other
people here would hit me and chase me away!

Bhagavan: Yes, no body would allow you to sit here.  If you saw
someone molesting a woman, would you let him go, thinking "All
is One"?  There is a scriptural story about this.  Some people gathered
together to test whether it is true, as said in the Bhagavad Gita, that
a Jnani sees everything as one.  They took a brahmin, an untouchable,
a cow, an elephant and a dog to the court of King Janaka, who was
a Jnani. When all had arrived, King Janaka sent the brahmin to the
place of brahmins, the cow to the cowshed, the elephant to the place
allotted to elephants, the dog to its kernel, and the untouchables to
the the place where the untouchables had lived.  He then ordered his
servants to take care of his guests and feed them with approriate food.

The people who brought these, asked: "Why did you separate them
individually?  Is not everything one and the same for you?

"Yes, all are one", replied Janaka, "but self satisfaction varies according to the nature of the individual.  Will a man eat straw eaten by the cow?
Will the cow enjoy the food that a man eats? One should only give
what satisfies each individual person or animal."

Although the same man may play the role of all the characters
in a play, his acts will be determined by the role that he is playing
at each moment. In the role of a king, he will sit on the throne and
rule. If the same person takes on the role of a servant, he will carry
the sandals of his master and follow him. His real Self is neither increased nor decreased while he plays these roles.  The Jnani never forgets
that he himself has played all these roles in the past.*

(* Living by the Words of Bhagavan. Annamalai Swami. Ed. David

(Source: Guru Vachaka Kovai, Tamil Verses, Muruganar. Tr. and
Commentary by David Godman, Avadhuta Foundation, Boulder, Colorado, USA.)

Arunachala Siva.