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ramana_maharshi

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Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:43:52 PM »
Once a sculptor in a village made a beautiful idol of a goddess and thought of selling it at a good price in the city. So he loaded the idol on his donkey and started towards the city. When he was going through the village, the villagers bowed in front of the idol as it looked like a real goddess. Whichever street he crossed, a crowd would bow in front of the idol.

But a strange thing happened. The donkey, which was carrying the idol, thought that he was special and that was the reason why people were bowing to him. He was thrilled with his newfound respect.

Soon the sculptor returned after selling the idol. While he was crossing the village, the donkey stopped in the middle of the road, expecting a warm welcome. But nobody paid attention to him. The donkey felt insulted and started braying, so much so, that the villagers drove him away.

The same mistake, what the donkey did, is what most of us do. When we are on the divine path of self-realization, with God's grace, a glow enters our demeanor and we stand out in the crowd. People respect such persons and often bow in respect. But we should realize that people are bowing not to us but to that glimpse of God whom they realize resides within us. So the credit of this respect goes, solely to God, not to us. If we start taking the credit, we cross the thin line of demarcation and enter into an area of false ego, which God dislikes most.

The basic difference between material and devotional lifestyle is that, in material life the more we progress, the more ego we develop. In a devotional lifestyle, the more we progress, the more ego we shed.

Purport:

The person in material consciousness is convinced by false ego that he is the doer of everything. He does not know that the mechanism of the body is produced by material nature, which works under the supervision of the Supreme Lord. The materialistic person has no knowledge that ultimately he is under the control of Krishna. The person in false ego takes all credit for doing everything independently, and that is the symptom of his nescience.

-Bhagavad-gita 3.27


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Re: Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 02:40:07 PM »
Prasanth,

Beautiful story and a nice message..

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Re: Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 12:12:42 AM »
Dear prasanth_ramana_maharshi,

Nice story. In today's world considering the large number of self appointed spiritual leaders under the garb of devotion, it might be better to conclude this way: If we develop more ego, we are living a material life. If we shed ego, we are living a devotional life.



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Re: Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 10:50:26 AM »
Dear prasanth,

Excellent story.  Just because one carries Who am I? with him, he does not become
a self realized person, "though carrying and reading it daily may prepare one in the
path."  Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2010, 03:15:56 PM »
Then, one day, after a shot, the Master made a deep bow and broke off the lesson,
" Just then 'It' shot! " he cried, as I stared at him bewildered.
And when I at last understood what he meant I couldn’t suppress a sudden whoop of delight.
" What I have said ", the Master told me severely,
" was not praise, only a statement that ought not to touch you.
Nor was my bow meant for you, for you are entirely innocent of this shot.
You remained this time absolutely self−oblivious and without purpose in the highest tension,
so that the shot fell from you like a ripe fruit.
Now go on practising as if nothing had happened."

(from 'Zen in the Art of Archery')

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Re: Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010, 03:59:06 PM »
Nice post.
Lets keep it simple: who wants a credit?

Dear prasanth,

Excellent story.  Just because one carries Who am I? with him, he does not become
a self realized person, "though carrying and reading it daily may prepare one in the
path."  Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman.

Arunachala Siva.

Certainly. One cannot ever become self-realized, for the one who wants to become self realized is the same "donkey who wants a credit".
Who is this donkey, if inquired earnestly, this won't allow for Mr.Creditor to rise.

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Re: Don’t be a spiritual Donkey
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2010, 07:56:38 PM »
Dear Subramanian,

Even the Bible has the same analogy.

"Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?' Then I will declare to them solemnly, 'I never knew you.' (Matthew 7:21)