THE SHADOW COCONUTS
Here is a coconut tree and up the tree are the coconuts. This tree has a shadow that extends for a distance on the ground.
Now, a man who wishes to secure the coconuts climbs up the coconut tree. At the very time he is climbing the tree; his shadow may be seen climbing the shadow tree.
And, when he plucks the coconuts, his shadow may be seen plucking the shadow coconuts. The man who climbs the real tree secures the real coconuts and, at the same time, his shadow self climbs the shadow tree and plucks the shadow coconuts!
But if the man does not relish the task of climbing the real tree, and instead limits his action to the climbing of the shadow tree, he will not get satisfaction from the shadow coconuts.
While the shadow tree represents the world, and the shadow coconuts represent worldly prosperity, the real tree represents the spiritual life, and the real coconuts represent the fulfillment of life.
Hence it is said that the person who devotes his life and energy to spiritual values will 'automatically' get worldly benefits. In fact, everything is spiritual and the 'make – believe' world is nothing but 'the shadow tree', an illusion!!!
Do contemplate on this!
Man's life is like a garland, with birth at one end and death at the other. Between the two ends are strung together flowers of all kinds - troubles, worries, joys, sorrows and dreams.
Few are aware of the string that runs through all the flowers. Without the string there can be no garland. Our sole objective is to recognize this Divine string!!!
The hundreds of flowers in a garland are held together by this thread, which we do not see.... So also, this world has an unseen Master and lawgiver.
The Unseen is the sustainer of the Seen!!!
That SUPREME POWER is the thread around which the flowers are strung; we see and feel the garland very easily; are we seeing and feeling that string that holds the flowers together?
Are we seeing & feeling that supreme power?
There was a nice couple who had a guest. But that guest was like a pest. He didn't want to leave. At first, they treated him well for 1 or 2 weeks. Later, when they saw he wouldn't leave, instead of giving him 3 or 4 snacks, they cut it down to one snack. They used to give him 2 meals, but then cut it down to 1 meal. But he still wouldn't leave!!!
One day they got frustrated because now this guy was staying with the family for almost 1 year. They didn't know what to do to get rid of this bad guest. Then they made a plan:
The husband and wife enacted a drama that they were fighting with each other. "Either you stay in the house or I will." Finally the guest looked disgusted with their fights and left.
The wife said, "See how beautifully I acted. That's why he left." The husband said, "No, I acted better, that's why he left."
Meanwhile they heard a knock on the door. When they opened the door, the guest was standing there and said, "Oh, I acted even better," and came back!!!
However hard we 'shoo' away the 'VAASANAAS' like anger, jealousy, desire, Ego, criticizing others etc…they keep coming back to haunt us. We've to try even harder to keep them away if we've to MOVE UP THE SPIRITUAL LADDER!!!
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