Archive for April, 2011

WHEN SIVA’S BULL BARED ITS TEETH

GOD alone is the Doer, and we are all His
instruments. Therefore it is impossible even for a
Jnani to be egotistic. The writer of a hymn to Siva
felt proud of his achievement; but his pride was
dashed to pieces when Siva’s bull bared his teeth.
He saw that each tooth was a word of the hymn.
Do you understand the meaning of this? These
words had existed from the beginning less past. The
writer had only discovered them.

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SANKARACHARYA AND HIS FOOLFSH DISCIPLE

THE great Sankaracharya had a foolish disciple
who used to imitate his Master in all matters.
Sankara uttered ‘Sivoham’ (I am Siva); the disciple
also repeated “Sivoham‟. To correct his disciple’s
folly, Sankara one day, while passing by a smithy,
took a potful of molten iron and swallowed it; and
he asked that disciple also to do the same. Of
course, the disciple could not imitate this act of his
Master, and thence forward he left oil saying
“Sivoham‟.

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EGOTISM IS RUINOUS

A disciple, who had firm faith in the infinite power
of his Guru, walked over the river by simply
uttering his Guru‟s name. Seeing this, the Guru
thought, “Well, is there such a power in my mere
name? Then how great and powerful must I be!”
The next day, the Guru also tried to walk over the
river uttering “I”, “I”, “I”, but no sooner did he step
into the water than he sank down and was soon
drowned; for the poor man did not know how to
swim even.
Faith can achieve miracles while vanity or egotism
brings about the destruction of man.

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Egoism- Vanity: FROM ‘HAMBA’ TO TUHU’

‘The cow cries “Hamba‟ which means “I‟. That is
why it suffers so much. It is yoked to the plough
and made to work in rain and sun. Then it may be
killed by the butcher. From its hide shoes are
made, and also drums, which are mercilessly
beaten. Still it does not escape suffering. At last
strings are made out of its entrails for the bows
used in carding cotton. Then it no longer says,
‘Hamba! Hamba!’, ‘I! I!’, but ‘Tuhu! Tuhu!’, Thou!
Thou!’ Only then are its troubles over.
O Lord, I am the servant; Thou art the Master.
am the child; Thou art the Mother.
Egotism is the cause of all suffering.

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