Friday, June 20, 2008
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A Sense of Detachment
A sense of detachment along with humility is an important virtue that is to be developed on a spiritual path to progress rapidly.
Eastern Mystics illustrate this by a story: Two monks went to a bank of a small river and were about to cross it. A beautiful young lady came to them and said, "I want to cross the river, but I am wearing a costly dress which I would not like to get wet. Could you please help me?" One of the monks began to think of her beauty and how he should not touch her lest he be subjected to lust and temptation in his mind, and told her, "We are monks, and want to stay away from women!" The other monk calmly picked the young lady in his arms and carried her across and deposited her safely on the other bank. After walking for a couple of miles, the first monk was still thinking of how much this other monk must have been tempted, and asked him. The second monk turned to him and said, "Brother Monk! I have left that young lady on the banks of the river! However, you still seem to be carrying her with you!"
People without detachment while performing seva (service) would carry issues further into their life than is necessary!
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There is another story about Lord Sri Krishna teaching Arjuna a lesson in humility on way to selflessness. Arjuna, who was a great archer always had great pride in his archery and viewed Karna as a competitor. Karna was famous for his selflessness and Krishna loved him. Arjuna was always jealous of that affection Krishna showed Karna.
Lord Sri Krishna knew this, and decided to teach him a lesson. Lord Sri Krishna with his divine power created a mountain of gold and took Arjuna to it, and gave him from sun rise till sunset to give as much of the gold away to others as he could. Arjuna sent his soldiers and town criers to announce in the neighboring villages for people to come with digging equipment and carts to carry the gold. The villagers came and Arjuna supervised the digging up of the gold and gave it to all those who came to him. By the evening, the mountain of gold was only a third of the way depleted, and the exhausted Arjuna was puffed up with pride as he was praised by Sri Krishna on a good job. Krishna asked Arjuna to come the next morning again to the same spot, but also sent word to Karna. Krishna used his divine power to make the mountain of gold whole again, and asked Karna the next day morning at sunrise, giving him till sundown that evening to give away as much as he could to others. Karna just walked a few feet, and hailed a few Brahmins bathing in the river nearby. When they came, he showed them the mountain, and said "This is yours!" and walked away, his task completed.
El hombre nace con grandes tesoros, pero también nace con todo el legado animal. Y de alguna manera tenemos que vaciar el legado animal y crear espacio para que el tesoro llegue a la conciencia, y sea compartida - porque ésta es una de las cualidades del tesoro: mientras más lo compartes, más tienes.
Tú naces sólo como una semilla. Tienes que crecer hasta el punto en que florezcas, y ese florecimiento será tu contento, satisfacción. Este florecimiento no tiene nada que ver con el poder, nada que ver con el dinero, nada que ver con política. Tiene que ver absolutamente contigo; es un progreso individual. OSHO
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