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Our ephemeral existence and the Eternal Wisdom!

Updated on May 23, 2016

Sri Sri on criticisms.

The first lesson in spirituality!

When someone criticizes us, we retaliate very furiously. When we have not committed any wrong and when someone implicates us in wrong doing, it is natural for us to get worked up. But some people never care what others say. As long as we are pure in our conscious, we can straightaway ignore their accusations. But this requires mental maturity. Only those who treat praise and blame in equal stride can ignore the words of foolish persons. It is normal for ordinary people to get worked up on simple matters.

This is the first lesson in spirituality. Treat pain and pleasure in the same way. Never get exulted when some good things happen, nor get dejected when you meet failures on the face. The surface of the ocean is tumultuous. There is constant churn of uprising and retarding waves. But the ocean below is calm. Only the surface gets agitated. If you happen to come across a placid lake inside deep jungles, you can notice the bottom surface even if it is deep. Because the surface is still and there are no agitations, we can watch the movement of fishes and pebbles in the deep surfaces. An occasional leaf falling on the surface creates small ripples on the surface but everything becomes quiet soon.

The sky is unaffected by any incident!

For leading life in this world, we need to possess such a mentality. Remaining unruffled in spite of the anger shown by others at us is the most needed quality. For developing such calm attitude, one must relinquish the attachment to the body slowly. In fact, the body attachments breed the ego in man. Watch the yonder mountains which remain steady in spite of precarious weather conditions. Torrential downpour may drench the entire mountain. Again, there may be piercing sunrays. The mountain remains steady. Let us be like the mountains which are unmoved by all these weather conditions. But the sky is still subtle. The mountain is solid and sometimes earthquakes and volcanoes may disturb the mountain surface. But the sky is absolutely unaffected due to ravages in weather. Many jet planes are crisscrossing the entire sky at various places. Is the sky affected in any manner? No, even the white fume of rockets melts away soon. Nowadays many space missions are undertaken in many countries. The enormous quantity of exhaust fumes may contaminate the atmosphere but not the sky! The sky is limitless, immeasurable and extends beyond in all directions until infinity!

Tragic atom bomb destructions in Hiroshima!

Even Atom Bombs have not changed the sky!

For leading life in this world, we need to possess such a mentality. Remaining unruffled in spite of the anger shown by others at us is the most needed quality. For developing such calm attitude, one must relinquish the attachment to the body slowly. In fact, the body attachments breed the ego in man. Watch the yonder mountains which remain steady in spite of precarious weather conditions. Torrential downpour may drench the entire mountain. Again, there may be piercing sunrays. The mountain remains steady. Let us be like the mountains which are unmoved by all these weather conditions. But the sky is still subtle. The mountain is solid and sometimes earthquakes and volcanoes may disturb the mountain surface. But the sky is absolutely unaffected due to ravages in weather. Many jet planes are crisscrossing the entire sky at various places. Is the sky affected in any manner? No, even the white fume of rockets melts away soon. Nowadays many space missions are undertaken in many countries. The enormous quantity of exhaust fumes may contaminate the atmosphere but not the sky! The sky is limitless, immeasurable and extends beyond in all directions until infinity!

The wisdom drove away Alexander from entering India!

Remaining calm is the secret of wisdom!

Hence remain calm and composed in the face of calumny and vitriolic speeches by others. If we remain calm, the enemies will surely flee. This is what the great Alexander witnessed when he tried to enter India with an aim to conquer. An aged rustic was lying on the path unconcerned with the outer environment. When the front guards were clearing the way for the troops to follow, they found the rustic lying without even opening his eyes after the huge commotion created by the marching Army. They shouted at him, ‘hey old man! Move away from the path. The great monarch Alexander is about to pass through this way. The aged rustic seems not concerned and unmoved. They threatened to whip him. But he was like a mute man. Alexander happens to come near and ordered the rustic, “My guards will kill you, if you don’t move away! The rustic opened his eyes and laughed at the great monarch. He said, “Let them kill me! I am unconcerned. I am not this body and hence I am not bothered!

Alexander came down from the horse back and prostrated at the feet of the old rustic. He told his troops, “Let us retreat from this place, if an ordinary rustic possess such wisdom, what about the people there? He turned back from India. Such is the wisdom of our ancients. Let us strive to develop such indifferent attitude to the affairs of the outer world and let us be aware of our inner reality. We are all indestructible souls apparently parted from the supreme Soul. We need to merge back in the supreme by relinquishing our identity with the perishable body and evanescent mind!

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