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The Chimney Lamp and the Bee
« on: November 16, 2009, 01:45:53 PM »
The following is the anecdote quoted by Brahmasri Nochur
Venkataraman.  I could not find it in any of Bhagavan's books.

Once in the Old Hall, there was a chimney lamp, what the British
called as Hurricane Lamp, which is lighted at nights for some light
in darkness.  There is a base, where kerosene is put, then there
is a wick and the operating system. There are holes around it for
the air to pass through.  There is a glass enclosure around the vick.
There is again a metal cap at the top. 

Once a bee entered the lamp when it was not burning.  It went
through the hole beneath.  It flew all around the wick upto the
top.  It peeped through the glass enclosure, but no way out!
It stings the glass but does the glass bother about its sting?
It is not able to come out.  It fumes and sweats.  No way out.

Finally, the bee found the hole from which it came.  It crawls
through that hole and finally comes out to the Pure Space.  Freedom.  Freedom all through!

Our mind is like this little bee. It comes from the hole Heart.
If it has remained there, then there is no problem.  It comes
out due to its inflated arrogance.  It wanders all over the world,
the chimney glass enclosure.  No pleasures.  Only pains and sorrows.
It tries to sting the world.  But the world does not care.  Still
no way out.  At last, it comes to know that it has come from the
Heart.  It has to be go only into the Heart, and then enjoy the
Pure Space and Wisdom.

Arunachala Siva.