Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pitcher Needs to Submerge in Water to get it Filled

A Saint was telling a symbolic story:

Once a Pitcher (earthen pot for storing water) was lying beside a river. Pitcher was made of clay earth which was baked in fire, so it had become hard like a stone. Pitcher thought that it is so hard & strong but water is soft, so water should come & get filled in it. So much time went by but water never came & got filled up on it’s own in the pitcher. River was so vast that it flowed with it’s own grace all the time. In the end, a saint came, took the earthen pot, got it fully dipped in water & took it back. Lo! water got filled up in the pitcher & water too came in control of the pitcher. So the saint told to the pitcher that by giving up its ego completely by bending before the river only, you can get water filled inside yourself.

Similarly, by surrendering our ego in the Divine feet of the Lord Krishna we can get to know of Him. If we shall sit beside the river (not come towards God) then we shall not be able to know Him. By devotion of God, He too shall come in control of yourself.

Under the influence of ego human beings forget the truth about God & thinks his/her identity to be different than others. Once a person knows this knowledge of God, then the delusion of "Maya" disappears & that person shed his / her ego to become one with God again. As a rope that is burnt retains its shape intact, but has become all ashes, so that nothing can be bound with it; similarly, the person who feels one with everyone & is devoted to God, retains only the form of his egoism, but not has any idea of vanity (Ahamkâra).

Below is a verse of Bhagwat Gita which tells how an egoistic person behaves:

"ahankaram balam darpam
kamam krodham cha samsritah
mam atma-para-dehesu
pradvisanto ’bhyasuyakah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Sixteen verse 18)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, these egoistic people become envious of the Supreme Lord, who is situated in their own bodies and in the bodies of others, and blaspheme against the real religion."

Below is a verse of Bhagwat Gita which tells how surrendering one's ego one can achieve the God:

"tam eva saranam gaccha
sarva-bhavena bharata
tat-prasadat param shantim
sthanam prapsyasi sasvatam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 62)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, surrender your ego fully unto the God. By His grace you will attain transcendental peace and the supreme and eternal abode."

So Let's shed our ego & not be egoistic, as it shall not do any good to one self. Let's surrender our ego in the Divine feet of the God & adore Him only so that He can give us a blissful life.

Jai Sri Krishna

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