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Story: King of Lucknow Killing Time

From: "Jorge Santana"
Subject: Story: King of Lucknow Killing Time
Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:39:54 +0100



We all know that we have come on this earth for very short period. And that in that short period there are many things to be done. Indeed there are many great works to do. All margiis are aware about this fact.

Yet in various conversations sometimes you can hear people saying that to 'kill the time', or to pass the time, or so many things say day: To cure their boredom they search millions of miles of web pages-- just to pass the time. This is one type of person. Some margiis may or may not come in this category.

Then there is a second type of person that thinks that actually what they are doing is very important when really in their heart of hearts they secretly know that they are just wasting away their time. But to justify their actions they convince themselves that what they are doing is really important. For example there are some who watch junk TV shows for their crude enjoyment but they convince themselves that 'they are watching this junkie TV show to learn about the collective mind-set of society so that they can establish Prout'. This type of hypocrisy you may have seen now and again.

In any event in both the above cases time is not being properly utilised-- though for obvious reasons the second case is worse than the first as that wastage of time is intertwined with self-deception and hypocrisy. About maximizing our use of time we should refer to Baba's poignant guideline.

Baba says, "I advise you not to waste your time any longer. Utilise your time in worthwhile pursuits...While you are executing your noble task do not waste your time. In this practical world, in this relative world, the most valuable relative factor is time. Once the time has passed and gone, it does not return again, so never misuse time." (AV-8, p. 45-6)

By this guideline it is quite clear that Baba directs us not to waste the time-- in any way, shape, or form.

So which sadhaka, which margii, has the time to mindlessly search the web from one corner of the universe to the other. Or who has time to pursue games like chess etc. Because by searching the web just as a means of entertainment and by playing chess, then those people forget everything-- and hours and days get blended together and time just passes. And indeed who has time to watch low-grade TV shows for sheer entertainment, simultaneously lying to oneself as well.

Surely such type of goal-less pursuits are not at all appreciated in our Marga. And Baba is very strict on this point as it makes the mind dull and soft and one loses their inner vision of life.


One story is there how one debauched King, King Wazid Ali Shah of Lucknow, was deeply involved in the game of chess-- indeed he was addicted to chess. And several weeks ahead of time, the King got the important report from his ministers that the British army was going to raid his kingdom.

But when the King got this information from his intelligence officers then the King's only answer was: 'How far they are?'

And then after that the King again joined his chess game.

From then on the King's military advisers were constantly giving him information about the progress of the British army. And the only thing the King continued to tell them was, 'Ok, the enemies are far off, let me continue my chess-- the enemies are far away'. Like this the King was responding.

And when the situation developed to such a degree that the British soldiers reached just nearby in the local area. Then the king's intelligence advisers were giving more and more warnings. And the King replied, 'It is okay, I can still play chess till they come closer'.

Then when the British Army actually reached to fort door, then after hearing this news all the other chess players quickly left the King's palace. In fear they escaped. And the King remained there alone.

The King was completely oblivious to the threatening situation at hand. And instead the King was just calling out to those chess players who left. The King was just yelling and abusing those who escaped, 'Why you left! Come here and play chess'.

Finally on that fateful moment when the Britishers reached into the compound itself and actually entered into the King's room, then the British Army personnel surprisingly exclaimed, 'Oh, King, you are alone here'. And the British commanders saw that next to the King just his chess board was there. And the King was still busily yelling into the void at those who had left the chess game.

So this way the British Army officials got introduced to that King. And the King said, 'There were many persons here but they escaped'.

Then the senior British officer asked, 'What are you doing here alone?'

Then the King replied, 'I am waiting for them return in order to resume our chess match'.

In the last the British arrested the King and took him away to the jail. And they told to the King, 'Finish your chess game here; indeed here you will get a lot of opportunity to play chess'. And so accordingly the King passed the whole rest of his life locked up there in the jail.


So this is how addiction happens. So the whole cause here was this useless psychic pursuit. Chess brought the negative situation where the King lost his senses and he could not retaliate even.

Unfortunately these days one or two people are commonly involved in useless activities such as searching the web, joining clubs, or participating in recreational or intellectual endeaours with no goal in mind etc, where they just waste away their precious time-- time just gets utterly wasted.

Baba says, "Now, everywhere, in cent-per-cent of the cases, there is wastage of human psychic potentiality. The psychic potentialities of human beings are immense, but people do not utilise them because most of their valuable time is wasted in undesirable thoughts, in psychic extravaganza." (YP, p. 134)

So Baba is adamant that we must not waste our time in useless pursuits such as chess, uselessly reading thousands of websites just to pass the day, or mindlessly watching junk TV. The tragedy here is that even sadhakas do such things yet convince themselves that what they are doing is really important. We must not fall into such an unfortunate circumstance. Rather cent-per-cent honesty is needed.

Indeed Baba guides us that direct intervention is need to stop this degenerating free-fall into crudity.

Baba says, "This psychic extravaganza should be checked either by physical approach, or psychic approach, or by spirituo-psychic approach. (YP)

So Baba strongly commands us not to ware our psychic faculty because if anyone fails to stop such type of mental extravaganza, then ultimately they cannot follow the path of sadhana-- they will become totally lost.

Here again, Baba guides that we should always cleanse the mind of needless thoughts and mental engagements.

Baba says, "From the psychic sphere also, unnecessary waves are to be removed. This will remove many burdens from the mind. 'I must not bother about petty things, because that will waste my time' -- people should remember this. This removal or rather withdrawal of unnecessary and undesirable thoughts emanated from the mind, will help you in rationalising the major portion of your mental faculty, and so this must also be practised." (YP)


Baba guides us how when good sadhakas gather for satsaunga then they never like to waste the time in useless activities like chess or needlessly roaming the web, rather they prefer to goad their minds toward that Supreme Hub, the Parama Purusa.

Baba says, "Whenever the devotees of Hari assemble together they do not like to gossip, but prefer to do Hari Kirtana, and nothing else." (AV-7, p.96)


Baba has graciously blessed us with all the psycho-spiritual tools to become 100% successful in life. Toward this endeavour His varabhaya mudra remains eternally with us by His grace.

Baba says, "Inner channelisation and one-pointed conversion into psycho-spiritual pabulum brings about radical changes in individual and collective life. The psycho-spiritual approach makes a person deeply introversial, one-directional, strong and dynamic." (Baba)

"Kon shala'ka'y pradiip jvele enecho tumi a'ji..." (PS 1200)


O' Lord, today You have brought an effulgent lamp after lighting it with one divine match stick. Baba, by Your grace You have come and lit the devotional fire by giving initiation, Ista mantra, and Your varabhaya mudra. O' my dearmost, the divine lamp is illuminated and it has been decorated with a countless number of wicks. The lamp is glowing with its
innumerable flames.

Baba, the divine lamp which You have brought has made all the seven lokas effulgent. All the darkness has vanished from the mind. All the dogma and staticity has disappeared because the light of devotion has brought purity and cleanliness. All the lokas have been lit; the animalistic tendencies have been eliminated. Now by Your grace everyone is immersed in the flow of life divine. Baba, with Your divine compassion You have lit the lamp of devotion and made everyone's personality more pure, more sentient, and more devotional-- their heart is satiated.

Baba, after the long penance of the jiivas, in the blink of an eye You have lit the lamp of devotion by Your grace. With that effulgent torch, in the end, You have completed all Your work and spread divinity throughout this entire universe and removed all the afflictions. Baba, it is nothing but Your mercy.

Baba, You have come to us with Your divine lamp-- with Your causeless grace...


Baba has also expressed the central idea of the above Prabhat Samgiita in this below A'nanda Va'nii. As we know Prabhat Samgiita is a poetic and distilled expression of His entire Ananda Marga ideology. So the condensed ideas found in His divine songs-- Prabhat Samgiita-- are also described in greater detail in His discourses like this below Va'nii.

Baba says, "The flame of a lamp lights up countless lamps. The touch of a great personality wakes up innumerable sleeping hearts. In the same way, the eternal glow of the boundless élan vital of Cosmic Consciousness has been illuminating the life-lamp of universal humanism since time immemorial, is illuminating it, and in future will do so even more intensely. That is why I say, the future of the human race is not dark, rather it is strikingly resplendent. So proceed on, ignoring the frowns of darkness." (A'nanda Va'nii, #49) 

Only Remedy

Baba says, "It is the duty of all human beings and especially those who are devotees, it is their mandatory duty to always think that, 'I am a machine and the controller is Parama Purusa. He is the machine man and I have to work according to His desire. I have to fulfill His desire. This body of mine is a machine and it belongs to Him. This is His machine and this machine has to do His work.' If one constantly thinks in this way then the vanity of action will never sprout. This is the only path to save oneself from vanity. One has to think 'I am just one machine; I am a tool and according to His desire I have to work'." (SS-16 (H), p. 81, DMC Agra 19 Feb 84)

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