Monday, 24 October 2016
King and The Prisoner
There was once a king who was wise and kind. He used to visit various parts of his country. Sometimes he changed his dress and moved like an ordinary citizen meeting people of different professions to find out their views
One day he took time to visit the prison where a number of convicts were imprisoned. He reached a cell where four convicts were imprisoned . in a casual way he questioned one by one as to the reason for their conviction and punishment. The first three prisoners pleaded innocence and complained that the soldiers had unlawfully caught them even though they had not committed any crimes.
The king smiled at the false explanations of the three convicts and then turned to the fourth one. He questioned him about his crime and the reason for his crime and the reason for his conviction. The prisoner with folded hands and eyes filled with tears replied “Oh i do not want to plead innocence . in a fit or anger. I had beaten my sick wife with an iron-rod. Her sickness became serious resulting in her ultimately death. Though i repented later. I dot not deserve ay sympathy for the serious crime. I have committed uttering these words he covered this tearful face with his palms and turned back.
The king was thoughtful about the answers given by the first three and the last one. After a little while he called the minister and said. “These there pleaded innocence. Whereas the fourth one confessed his crime . It is not safe for these three innocent people to stay in the company of a criminal. Therefore release the criminal and make his free so that these three innocent persons will be safe in the prison. The minister smiled and nodded his head appreciating the wise action of the king in releasing an honest prisoner. Courtesy wisdom
Moral Repentance washes away the guilt.
Quote from the True Charm and power of Vedanta
Necessity of the Guru_______
The Upanishads declare ‘Knowledge gained from a teacher alone becomes fruitful; If a bit of knowledge is to be made really effective in our lives, it must be heard from a guru. The idea behind it is that the guru not only gives the mantra but along with it he transmits some of the spiritual power that he possess to the disciple. When one reads the mantras in printed books, this kind of transmission of power does not take place.
Let us try to understand this in a more intelligible and rational sense. If we read certain ethical codes in a book. They may have some effect on us. But when we hear those ethical teachings. From a person whom we love and reverse, the effect will be naturally very different . similarly , though we may not understand the actual process of transmission of spiritual power thought spiritual initiation, we can understand at least this much that it is only from a lam that another lamp is lighted . it is necessary that to kindle a soul there must be some soul that must have already been kindled. That is what is meant by transmission from the guru to the disciple. without that sort for living link, transmission of spiritual power is not possible. Courtesy spiritual initiation
But, if He exists?
I drive joy There was a doctor in Benaras who spent 7 minutes in the morning and evening for mediation on God. Knowing this, his colleagues and friends laughed at him. One day they argued that he was wasting ten precious minutes on something, which he had been misled into believing. The doctor replied, “Well, if God does not exist, I agree that I am wasting ten minutes a day. But, if He exists? I am afraid you are wasting your entire lifetime. I prefer to waste ten minutes rather than a lifetime. Why should you grudge me the 10 minutes joy that I derive 4m.