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Monday, March 19, 2012

Mortality in delusion

P P Wangchuk, Hindustan Times
Delusion is illusion, and none can say that he hasn't suffered from it at some point or the other. It is a curse that afflicts the unaware and the weak.

The Bodhidharma makes it clear, "Delusion means mortality, and awareness means Buddhahood." The issue is why is it that some of us get deluded so easily? And what is a deluded man like? We get clear answers to these questions from Ajit Kumar Bishnoi's book, Spiritual Sense --- The Truths.
Indeed, it is the truth that is laid bare through a self-explanatory story of a deluded man?

This young man had all the opportunities to study and work hard and be settled well. But he frittered away his opportunities; and could not differentiate between the right and the wrong, the good and the bad. Mindlessness was his main feature. He took wrong decisions at every step.

As days passed, he found himself in a mess. He had problems with his family and couldn't get along with others in society too. People avoided him. The man got into depression which made his life miserable. All that he could do was lamenting over his stupidity. He shunned advice from his seniors and the wiser.

As a result, very soon, his mood swing took great speed. He was now under the burden of a mountain of problems and could not sleep. He failed to draw a recovery strategy. He lost the confidence and trust of his people. Life appeared to him a huge burden instead of a great journey to be enjoyed.

Soon he lost faith in himself. He became intolerant and things went quite scary for him. That led him to the ultimate shelter - heavy drinking. His miseries multiplied and his life had nothing but misery to offer.

What are we to learn from this? Get rid of the delusion either your own way or listen to wiser people. Let's care  for the wisdom of Ludwig Borne who said that getting rid of delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of the truth.
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Get close to Him

N K Soni, Hindustan Times

A devotee was frantically giving details to his Guruji. He said he had always been very humble and generous, had been regular in his prayers and temple visits. He had never missed an occasion to help the poor. Despite all this, he said, he had not been able to achieve anything worthwhile spiritually or socially.

The guru thought about it for a while and then asked in what way he had established relationship with the Lord. The devotee explained that on all such occasions, he told the Lord that he was His humblest servant and that He should take pity on him and reward him or solve his problems.

The guru asked him, "When you were a child and approached your father for money or food articles or books and stationery or other favours, did you adopt the same style as you adopted with God?" "No sir," the devotee explained, "Sir, that was a different thing. He was my father. I could slide into his lap or move around or sit on his shoulders, kiss him, embrace him and he would promise to fulfill my requirements."

"Now, here you are", said the guru "that means you have never treated God even as your father. Look here, my son, the purpose of visiting places of worship or sitting in meditation is to reduce the distance between you and the Lord. So long as there is distance or difference of levels like an officer and subordinate, a master and servant, your prayers and devotions are not up to the mark.

Try to establish a close relationship with Him and you will see the speed in spiritual progress. In prayers, when we say 'Tumhi ho Mata, Pita tumhi ho, tumhi ho bandhoo, sakha tumhi ho', it is not just to please Him. We should mean it and sooner we establish such close relationships the better."

The guru embraced him and said, "Be His son rather than servant, your progress will be fast."
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