Question – Who is wise ? A wise person is one who learns from all people.
Who is mighty person ? A mighty person is one who controls his passions.
Who is rich ? A rich person is one who is happy with his portion.
Who is honourable ? An honourable man is one who honors others ( or dignifies others ).
In modern society - A wise person is one who has accumulated much information and / or has many degrees; a mighty person is one with muscular strength , or a general of an army; a rich person is one who has accumulated money or property; and a honourable person is one who has titles and awards. But these answers reflect the fact that we all too often see people in terms of what they have accumulated.
Serving humanity is the best way to honor God in our lives.
Who is Sanyasi ? The sanyasi stands as a symbol, an embodiment of strength , courage , self-resilience, autonomy, and complete detachment from anyone or anything other than God. A life of sanyas is not granted easily or recklessly. To grant it or take it in haste undermines its very nature.Sanyas is a shedding of a life past and an embracing of life anew – in a different form, with different values, goals and meaning.
How can i become sanyasi ? You need to ready yourself- are you ready for sacrifice ? ask yourself this question and if so, then you need to deattach only to the inner world, the world of the Divine. The antennae of your life and your perception must be aligned not externally , picking up sights and sounds and smells of the outside world, but rather internally , picking up the nuances of the internal world.” If you are believer of finding true wealth by leaving behind riches, of becoming a true king by leaving behind a kingdom , of finding the true Father , By leaving the home of the father.
Dharma – of a sadhu – Yogi – The saint & scorpion
Once there was a Sadhu (Monk), living on the banks of a river performing his sadhana with great piety and determination. One day as the holy man went for his bath in the river, he noticed a scorpion struggling in the water. Scorpions, by nature , cannot swim , and the sadhu knew that if he did not save the scorpion, it would drown. Therefore, Carefully picking up the scorpion, the saint lifted it out of the waters and was just about to set it down gently on the shore when the scorpion stung his finger . In pain , the sadhu instinctively flung his hand ,and the scorpion went flying back into the river. As soon as the sadhu regained his composure from the sting, he again lifted the scorpion out of the water. Again, before he could set the scorpion safely on the land, the creature stung him. Yet again , as the sadhu shook his hand in response to the pain, the scorpion fell beack into the water. This drama went on for several minutes as the holy man continued to try to save the life of the drowning scorpion and the scorpion continued to sting his saviour’s hand before reaching the freedom of the river bank.
A man who had been out hunting in the forest noticed this drama between the holy man and the scorpion. He watched as the saint carefully and gingerly lifted the creature out of the water, only to fling sting. Finally , the hunter said to the sadhu, “ Revered swamiji, forgive me for my frankness , but it is clear that the scorpion is simply going to continue to sting you each and every time you try to carry it to safety. Why don’t you give up and just let it drown ?”
The holy man replied , “My dear child , the scorpion is not stinging me out of malice or evil intent. It is simply his nature to make me wet, so it is the scorpion’s nature to sting. He doesn’t realize that I am carrying him to safety. That is a level of conscious comprehension greater than his brain can achieve, But , Just as it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, so it is my nature to save. Just as he is not leaving his nature why should I leave my nature ??
My dharma is to help any creature of any kind – Human or animal. Why should I let a small scorpion rob me of the divine nature that I have cultivated through years of sadhana ?
In our lives we encounter people who harm us, who insult us , who plot against us. Whose actions seem calculated to thwart the successful achievement of our goals. Sometimes these are obvious acts. Such as a co- worker who continually steals our ideas or speaks badly of us to our senior or boss. Sometimes these acts are more subtle – a friend , relative or colleague who unexpectedly betrays us or who we find has been secretly speaking negatively about us behind our back. We often wonder, “How could he hurt me like that ? How could she do this to me ?” Then, our hearts become filled with anger and pain, and our minds start plotting vengeance.
Slowly we find that our own actions, words, and thoughts become driven by anger and pain. We find ourselves engaged in cunning thoughts of revenge. Before we realize it , we are injuring ourselves more by allowing the negative emotions into our hearts than the other person injured us by their words or actions. They may have insulted us or plotted against us or sabotaged a well- deserved achievement at work, but we injure ourselves more deeply and more gravely by allowing our hearts and minds to turn dark.
Our dharma is to be kind, pure ,honest , giving ,sharing and caring. Due to ignorance ,due to lack of understanding ( much like the scorpion who doesn’t understand the sadhu’s gentle intention) , or due to the way in which their own karmic drama is unfolding , others may act with malice, deceit, selfishness , or indifference. We, however ,must not let their actions or their ignorance deprive us of fulfilling our dharm. We must not allow ourselves to be lowered by their ignorance , their habits , or their greed. The darkness in their hearts should not be allowed to penetrate into the lightness of our hearts.
Sometimes people ask,” But Guru ji, how long should we continue to tolerate , continue to forgive , continue to love in the face of other people’s aggression, jealousy , hatred, and malice ?” The answer” forever . It is not our job to mete out punishment to others based on their actions. That is God’s job and the job of the law of Karma. They will get their punishment. Do not worry. They will face the same misery they are bringing to you. But it is not our job to hand that to them. It is God’s job and- with the exacting law and science of karma – evildoers will receive punishment, but not by our hands.If we allow ourselves to injure , insult ,plot against , or hurt them, the we are simply accruing more and more negative karma for ourselves.
If the sadhu had allowed the scorpion to suffer and drown in the river, he would have forsaken his own divine path in life. Sure, we can say that the scorpion deserved to die for what he had done to the sadhu.We can say that the sadhu had tried and tried to save the scorpion but the scorpion would not let him. We can give a list of explanations to excuse the sadhu for not rescuing the scorpion. But, to pardon bad behavior is not the goal. To excuse ourselves for failing to fulfill our duties is not the goal. The goal is to live up to our full , divine potential as conscious, holy beings.
So, let us remember that our dharma is to live lives of purity , piety , peace , selflessness , integrity , and love. And let us never allow anyone or anyone’s actions – however malicious or crazy or poisonous they may be – to divert us from that goal.
YOGA - Yoga is not a union of our hands to our feet or our head to our knees.It is a union of the self to the Divine.”
To aligning to yourself - the best self practice to become self knower .
Yoga School In Rishikesh India - Rishikesh Yog Dham, RYS,200, Yoga Alliance, USA.
By Sarvottam Kumar