THE GHOST AND THE GURU
A middle-aged married lady, having a happy family life, had a weird predicament. She used to see a ‘Ghost’ exactly at 2.00 am every morning. Precisely at that unearthly hour, she used to notice this draconian figure staring at her. In fear, closing her eyes and shivering in terror, she used to wait for the morning sun to rise. Her visits to various doctors, psychologists and tantriks to solve the problem, were of no avail in eliminating this ‘GHOST’ from her life. Her family was in deep despair.
One day she happened to meet a saint, who was respected for his spiritual aura and stature. In desperation she poured out to him this tale of agony. Sympathizing with this lady, the saint decided to visit her house. On an appointed day the saint arrived at her house. He was led to the bedroom where the ‘GHOST’ used to make the customary visit everyday. Examining the place he declared – ‘Your problem is solved’, just make some changes in the settings of the room, particularly the cupboard near the bed.
The changes were carried out immediately and to the surprise of all, from that night, the ‘GHOST’ stopped the routine visits and it disappeared from the scene. The lady had a peaceful sleep. Everyone was thrilled and appreciative about the spiritual aura and knowledge of the saint. They presumed the ghost was in the cupboard or it was present due to some negative structural settings as per ‘vastu shastra or feng shui’.
Shortly thereafter, they visited the saint for thanksgiving. Prostrating in gratitude, she told him ‘you are a divine persona, your mere presence in my house made the ghost disappear.
The Saint smiled and replied.
“Dear Child, actually there was no ‘GHOST’. Everyday at 2.00 am in the morning, when you used to get up for answering nature’s call, your own reflection was seen in the mirror, which was fixed in the cupboard and was facing the bed. Since at that hour of the day, you were without any make – up, your hair was unkempt, and your spectacles were not on, you mistook your own reflection, which was ….probably not so pleasing, to be a ghost staring at you.
Like the lady in the story, the deficiencies, mistakes and negative tendencies we see in the world outside or on other people, is nothing but only a reflection of the similar qualities or traits we have simmering within us.
Similarly our subconscious fears, anxieties, insecurities and tensions are not due to circumstances or people outside, but our own thoughts and narrow minded outlook within.
Your Mind is the mirror and the root cause of your actions and reactions. It only reflects what you are within.
If only we use the time, that we spend in criticizing others, in correcting or cleaning ourselves, we will see goodness all around.
Like the saint in the story, a true Teacher or a Guru is the one who makes you realize that your true self is divine and not the pathetic reflection you assume.
The Guru triggers a thinking process of transformation in you and makes you realize that you are not the weak human being; you are imagining yourself to be, but a divine child of purity, power and pristine beauty.
He is like a mountain guide. The path is like climbing a mountain: we don't really know what we will find at the summit. We have only heard that it is beautiful, everybody is happy there, the view is magnificent and the air unpolluted. If we have a guide who has already climbed the mountain, he can help us avoid falling into a crevice, or slipping on loose stones, or getting off the path. Selflessly, with the sole motive of your development and destroying ignorance, the Guru makes you identify and weed out the subconscious weaknesses, fears and insecurities simmering within you without your knowledge, and, eventually, making you reach the reservoir of wisdom inherent in you and transforming you into a fearless, selfless, dynamic and successful person.
The mind is given to you; you are not given to the mind.
Learn to be its master and not its slave.
Meditation or self-enquiry is the cleaning solution which wipes the mind mirror spotless and makes you see the world brighter, in the correct perspective.
QUOTES BY POPULAR GURUS/THINKERS
"Meditation increases your vitality and strengthens your intelligence; your beauty is enhanced; your mental clarity and health improve. You acquire the patience and fortitude to face any problem in life. So, meditate! Only through meditation will you find the treasure you are seeking." — Mata Amritanandamayi
"Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned." — Dr. Wayne Dyer
Look at the sky to find the moon, not in the pond. So let’s leave our GHOST’S behind. Reach high up there at the summit of accomplishment of your dreams and look forward to a bountiful life.
(Saw this and thought it worth keeping, so whoever visit my blog can get to read something so eye-opening)