Friday, October 10, 2008

Story on Anger Man cannot make it on his own

There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail in the back fence.

The first day, the boy had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence . Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy did not loose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy was to pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took the son by the hand and led him to the fence. "You have done well, my son", he said. "But look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one."

This is a traditional story that has been told and retold, heard and reheard, for thousands of years in India and also the world. Right from our childhood we have been aspiring to be rid of anger. Every guru, philosopher, or our own parents and grand parents have told us. But thinking a little deeper, is it as easy? Sri Bhagavan, the Divine Avathar says, "Anger is man's natural response to fear. Mind is fear. As long as the mind exists fear exists and so anger exists. A complete liberation is possible only when you are free of the mind. To be free of the mind is to be enlightened."

It is absolutely necessary to be rid of anger, not because it is wrong or bad. The holes made on the fence are the result of the nail. Similarly karma is the result of your anger for it has caused pain. The more you acquire karma, the more you suffer. If you have to be free of suffering, you have to be enlightened.

Gone are the days when man waited several life times doing severe penances and austerities to reach to this state. The Avathar for Mukthi, Sri Bhagavan is bestowing this state upon every seeker in his Ashram, "Oneness University".

Sri Bhagavan says - "Man cannot make it on his own, it has to be given to him"

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?