Nature is abound with examples to illustrate how foolish we humans can be. Being one who is so full of love and with a connectivity to animals, it is only befitting that Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha uses these illustrations to demonstrate how we get trapped, and his wisdom to show us the way out.
Whether we are like the deluded fish thinking it is safe while snared in the fisherman’s net, or the ignorant frog still eating flies even as it meets its end in the jaws of a snake, the point is this – as long as we think anything from the world can make us permanently happy, we are lost causes. It is only with the grace of our Spiritual Masters and the loving voice of our scriptures, that our human intelligence gets activated to start turning inward. And only then will we understand that true permanent joy lies deep within, and is nothing other than our very own immortal Self.
Kathopanishad 2.1.2, 2.1.3
Bhagavad Gita 18.64, 18.65, 18.66
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.