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Dog Analogy is Right One....

Date: 24 Jan 2009 23:27:36 -0000 From: "Subhash Dholakia" To: Subject: Dog Analogy is Right One.... Baba "Sukhe ele na'ko, shoke sa'ntvana' dite ele..." (PS 3091) Purport: Baba, when I was feeling happy and content that time You did not come. Those days I was so enamoured with myself and I was so involved in my own glory that I did not even think to call You. So You did not come. But when I lost all that happiness and when I become drowned in my sorrows of self pity and when I was suffering and overwhelmed by various problems, then by Your grace You immediately came and consoled me. Baba in that desperate moment You graciously relieved me of my grief. Baba, I did not ever feel that You are mine. In this life I was always suffering from the vanity and ego of my own I-feeling. Those days I was thinking that 'I am everything'. Due to my ego I did not accept You as the Supreme One-- as my Goal. I did not take You as that most loving One who can solve all my problems; I did not surrender at Your feet. Baba, even then by Your grace You advented deep inside my heart and became mine. And now I understand that You are ever helpful and that You remain with me always. Baba, those days when I was overwhelmed by that severe suffering, I did not outrightly tell You about my problems. I did not openly say anything. I did not express my pain to You. But because You are ever-present in my heart and because You are my eternal shelter, with Your infinite compassion You fully understood the desperated state of my mind-- You understood my sorrow. And by Your grace You instantly poured Your eternal sweetness and love. By Your grace You filled my whole existence with Your divine bliss. Baba, due to my ego and vantiy I could not recognise you. You were showering huge grace on me but I could not recognicse that. I thought that due to my own qualities everything was happening. In those happpy times I could not recognise You. Only did I begin to recognise You in my sorrow. Baba, in my state of terrible suffering, when the mountain of misery started falling on my head, then all my friends left me. I was all alone. When I was happy then they were along with me but when I became sunk in misery all those friends disappeared. Baba, You are the exact opposite. When I was sunk in woe then by Your grace You immediately came and removed all my pains and troubles. Baba You bathed me in Your infinite love. Filling my I-feeling with Your bliss, You surrounded me each and every second. Baba, You showereed Your grace and saturated my heart. Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified. You have done everything for me. Baba, I surrender at Your alter...
Namaskar, Throughout His teachings Baba has presented us with various analogies that shed light onto our journey on the spiritual path. These following two analogies-- about the musk deer and the dog chewing the bone-- contain golden nuggets of guidelines about how we should proceed in our spiritual life as well as how we can avoid the missteps of material cravings.
Baba tells again and again that we must not seek Him in the external world, rather we are to seek Him within. In His discourses and in Prabhat Samgiita He emphasizes this point repeatedly. Always He warns us of the danger of looking for Him externally.
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By looking for Him externally, the sadhaka only pushes Parama Purusa further and further away, beyond the grasp. Even then, in their dogmatic worship, so many seekers and religious fanatics fall into this negative cycle. By worshiping idols, taking pilgrimages, declaring jihad, and following so-called Mahaprayan, various people think they are doing things that will enable them to attain Him. But this is not just not so. He is within and they are going without. Their pitiful plight is just like this analogy about the musk deer. Baba says, "The other meaning of gandhacelika' is “sweet scented musk accumulated in and around the navel portion of the musk deer.” The musk deer lives in cold countries and looks ugly, but the hormone secreted from its glands gradually accumulates in the navel. Eventually the liquid portion evaporates and the remainder becomes hard, and the harder it gets, the stronger its fragrance becomes. The female deer does not have this musk scent. The male deer becomes so intoxicated with its own fragrance that it goes berserk searching for the source of the smell. It fails to realize that the source of the smell is its own navel. Ultimately, after much running, the exhausted musk deer falls down dead." (MVNS) Just as the musk deer falls down tired and ultimately dead after its failed pursuit of trying to find that aromatic smell in the external world, the same is true of those idol worshipers and jihadists who seek their god through external objects and displays. In the end they do not get Him, and instead fall down tired or dead. Then in their next life they get transmuted into rock, iron, or even stone. So we should be sure that our approach is introversial and psycho-spiritual, where we seek Him within. We must not run around senselessly like the musk deer, as those religious fanatics do, not knowing that that what we ultimately seek lies within. That is Baba's teachings about the musk deer analogy.
In this next analogy, Baba shows us how chasing after temporary or worldly enjoyments occurs at the expense of our own self, of our own vital energy. Baba says, "The situation is likened to that of a dog when it chews a dry bone. The bone contains nothing – no marrow, no flesh, nothing. While chewing that dry bone, its lips get cut and blood oozes out, and when the poor dog tastes the blood, it thinks that it is tasting blood from the bone, and licks even more. If you forcibly snatch the dry bone from the dog, the dog will whimper, because it will feel that its food is being taken away." (SS-21) In the above analogy the dog is chewing its bone and getting nothing in return. Rather it is depriving itself of its own life force-- its own blood-- yet thinking that it is getting something very tasty in return. Such is the fate of so many who chase after material things. Those who drink liquor think that they are drinking the nectar of life and getting so much happiness. But in fact they are not getting anything, and their drunkenness is coming at the expense of their own liver. That organ is getting destroyed by alcohol, yet the drinker thinks that the alcohol is giving him so much joy. Such a person is no different from the dog that is merely sucking on its own blood when chewing the dry bone. Then of course there are those who think that sensual / sexual pleasures are giving them so much happiness in the world. But those escapades are merely depriving a person of their own lymph which is the seed of spiritual knowledge and bliss. So again it is a losing scenario. The person thinks that in having sex they are getting everything, when in fact nothing is gotten, rather one is losing their own vital force. And same is the case with so many things including sumptuous food, money, prestige, automobiles etc. People mistakenly think that they are getting an abundance of pleasure from this mundane world when in fact they are getting fleeting joy, i.e. nothing at all, at the expense of their own inner vitality. The basic ideas is that in the mundane sphere we are always spending something to get nothing. That is what dog and the dry bone analogy is all about. That is what Baba is teaching us.
It is only in the spiritual sphere that we can get something. Only through spiritual practice can we get lasting happiness. When the mind rises up and feels His touch then nectar secretes from the pineal gland and we feel a'nandam, or bliss. In worldly spheres, our "happiness" comes from depleting our own energies. In the spiritual sphere, our happiness comes by enhancing our energy by receiving spiritual nectar. That is the dramatic difference between mundane pleasures and spiritual bliss.
By His grace He has given us graphic analogies whereby we can clearly understand His important life teachings and progress along the path of Supreme Benevolence by seeking Him within and not wasting our time with chasing after mundane pleasures. Namaskar, Subhash

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