Once there were two frogs who lived in a well. One day one of the frogs jumped out of the well and disappeared. He was gone for several days, and when he returned, the other frog asked him where he had been.
“There is such a whole big world out there beyond the well”, said the first frog, and he began to describe all the sights and sounds he had heard. ” You must be making all this up”, said the second frog. “There is nothing but this well. You are imagining all the things you have told me. If there were all those things you describe, then surely they would be here in the well. I have not seen them. They cannot possibly exist”.
Often we are like the second frog We my think that because we have not seen all there is to see, that nothing else exists. We close our mind like the frog in the well. There was a time when people believed that the world was flat, until an explorer proved it was round There was a time when scientists believed that the Earth was the centre of the Universe and the Sun revolved around it, until they discovered this to be false. Throughout the ages, there have been visionaries who discovered their soul. They left behind accounts of their experiences in the form of scriptures and oral traditions, which were then recorded by their students. We are their beneficiaries and we can try these techniques for ourselves. We some practice, we can expand our inner vision.
We need a burning desire to find out who we really are. When we want something intensely, we become so focussed that we block out other distractions. When we desire to awaken our soul, it responds and its faint call can be heard. Its own power starts to stir and our attention can no longer ignore it. The stronger the cry, the more our attention is drawn to it. With time, the call of the world can become more and more faint as our attention is pulled irresistibly towards love, music and bliss of our soul.
——–Sant Rajinder Singhji.
A Yogi walked around the room bare-footed, wearing his white robe. He was in stark contrast to his audience, who were all executives from a large corporate.
Whenever you get extra tensed, remember ———– THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
There is a very meaningful Sufi story : A man was very worried because every night someone would enter his garden and destroy all his plants. He did everything that could be done to protect it. He posted guards along the boundary, bur never was anybody seen entering the garden at night. Yet, every morning, the garden would be trashed. He then went to a Sufi Master, in the hope that the Master would be able to see things he and the guards could not. The Master closed his eyes and said, “Do one thing, fix the alarm on your clock for two o’clock in the night.” “How is this going to help ? My guards are continuously watching and patrolling around the house.” The Master said, “There is no need to argue. Just do what I say. Fix the alarm for two o’clock. Then come the next day and tell me what happened.”
If we look deep within ourselves, we will see that in some way or the other, we are all sleepwalkers. We sow the seeds of our misdeeds in the deep sleep of unconsciousness, and then wonder why our lives are so miserable. When we love another person, we often end up taking things for granted in the name of love.
“Don’t try to destroy your anger, transform it into constructive energy,” says THICH NHAT HANH.