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THE PANDIT WHO COULD NOT SWIM

Once, several men were crossing the Ganges in a
boat. One of them, a pandit, was making a great
display of his erudition, saying that he had studied
various books—the Vedas, the Vedanta, and the
six systems of philosophy. He asked a fellow
passenger, “Do you know the Vedanta?” “No,
revered sir.” “The Samkhya and the Patanjala?”
“No, revered sir.” “Have you read no philosophy
whatsoever?” “No, revered sir.” The pandit was
talking in this vain way and the passenger sitting in
silence when a great storm arose and the boat was
about to sink. The passenger said to the pandit,
“Sir, can you swim?” “No”, replied the pandit. The
passenger said, “1 don’t know Samkhya or the
Patanjala, but I can swim.”
What will a man gain by knowing many scriptures?
The one thing needful is to know how to cross the
river of the world. God alone is real, and all else is
illusory.

Once, several men were crossing the Ganges in a

boat. One of them, a pandit, was making a great

display of his erudition, saying that he had studied

various books—the Vedas, the Vedanta, and the

six systems of philosophy. He asked a fellow

passenger, “Do you know the Vedanta?” “No,

revered sir.” “The Samkhya and the Patanjala?”

“No, revered sir.” “Have you read no philosophy

whatsoever?” “No, revered sir.” The pandit was

talking in this vain way and the passenger sitting in

silence when a great storm arose and the boat was

about to sink. The passenger said to the pandit,

“Sir, can you swim?” “No”, replied the pandit. The

passenger said, “1 don’t know Samkhya or the

Patanjala, but I can swim.”

What will a man gain by knowing many scriptures?

The one thing needful is to know how to cross the

river of the world. God alone is real, and all else is

illusory.

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FOR MAN PROPOSES AND GOD DISPOSES

THE Master (to Pratab Chandra Mazumdar14):
“You are an educated and intelligent man, and
you are a deep thinker too. Keshab and yourself
were like the two brothers, Gour and Nitai. You
have had enough of this world—enough of
lectures, controversies, schisms, and the rest. Do
you still care for them? Now it is high time for you
to collect your scattered mind and turn it towards
God. Plunge into the ocean of Divinity.”
Mazumdar: “Yes, revered sir, that 1 ought to do;
there is no doubt about it. But all this I do simply
to preserve Keshab’s name and reputation.”
Sri Ramakrishna (smiling): “Let me tell you a story.
A man built a house on a hill. It was only a mud
hut, but he had built it with great labour. A few
days after, there came a violent storm and the hut
began to rock. The man became very anxious to
save it and prayed to the god of winds:

THE Master (to Pratab Chandra Mazumdar14):

“You are an educated and intelligent man, and

you are a deep thinker too. Keshab and yourself

were like the two brothers, Gour and Nitai. You

have had enough of this world—enough of

lectures, controversies, schisms, and the rest. Do

you still care for them? Now it is high time for you

to collect your scattered mind and turn it towards

God. Plunge into the ocean of Divinity.”

Mazumdar: “Yes, revered sir, that 1 ought to do;

there is no doubt about it. But all this I do simply

to preserve Keshab’s name and reputation.”

Sri Ramakrishna (smiling): “Let me tell you a story.

A man built a house on a hill. It was only a mud

hut, but he had built it with great labour. A few

days after, there came a violent storm and the hut

began to rock. The man became very anxious to

save it and prayed to the god of winds:

‘O god of the winds, please don’t wreck the house!

But the god of the winds paid no heed to his

prayers. The house was about to crash. Then he

thought of a trick. He remembered that Hanuman

was the son of the god of the winds. At once he

cried out with great earnestness: ‘O revered sir,

please don’t pull down the house. It belongs to

Hamiman. I beseech you to protect it.’ But still the

house continued to shake violently. Nobody

seemed to listen to his prayer. He repeated many

times, ‘Oh, this house belongs to Hanuman!’ But

the fury of the winds did not abate. Then he

remembered that Harm man was the devoted

servant of Rama, whose younger brother was

Lakshmana. Desperately the man cried, saying

aloud, ‘Oh, this house belongs to Lakshmana!’ But

that also failed to help matters. So the man cried

out as a last resort: ‘This is Rama’s house. Don’t

break it down, O god of winds!

I beseech you most humbly.’ But this proved futile,

and the house began to crash down. Whereupon

the man who had to save his own life, rushed out

of it with a curse: ‘Let it go! This is devil’s own

house!'”

You may now be anxious to preserve Keshab’s

name: but console yourself with the thought, it was

after all owing to God’s Will that the religious

movement connected with his name was set on

foot, and that if the movement has had its day, it is

also due to that same Divine Will. Therefore dive

deep into the sea of Immortality.”

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Pitfalls: A SIDDHA STOPS THE STORM

Once, a great Siddha was sitting on the sea-shore
when there came a great storm. The Siddha, being
greatly distressed by it, exclaimed, “Let the storm
cease!” and his words were fulfilled. Just then a
ship was going at a distance with all sails set, and as
the wind suddenly died away, it capsized, drowning
all who were on board the ship.
Now the sin of causing the death of so many
persons accrued to the Siddha, and for this reason
he lost all his occult powers and had to suffer in
purgatory.

Once, a great Siddha was sitting on the sea-shore

when there came a great storm. The Siddha, being

greatly distressed by it, exclaimed, “Let the storm

cease!” and his words were fulfilled. Just then a

ship was going at a distance with all sails set, and as

the wind suddenly died away, it capsized, drowning

all who were on board the ship.

Now the sin of causing the death of so many

persons accrued to the Siddha, and for this reason

he lost all his occult powers and had to suffer in

purgatory.

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IF ALL IS REALLY UNREAL!

RAMA and Lakshmana wanted to go to Ceylon.
But the ocean was before them. Lakshmana was
angry. Taking his bow and arrow, he said: “I shall
kill Varuna. This ocean prevents our going to
Ceylon.” Rama explained the matter to him, saying:
“Lakshmana, all that you are seeing is unreal, like a
dream. The ocean is unreal. Your anger is also
unreal. It is equally unreal to think of destroying
one unreal thing by means of another.”

RAMA and Lakshmana wanted to go to Ceylon.

But the ocean was before them. Lakshmana was

angry. Taking his bow and arrow, he said: “I shall

kill Varuna. This ocean prevents our going to

Ceylon.” Rama explained the matter to him, saying:

“Lakshmana, all that you are seeing is unreal, like a

dream. The ocean is unreal. Your anger is also

unreal. It is equally unreal to think of destroying

one unreal thing by means of another.”

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