Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bed Time Story:The mechanism behind one's desires.


An emperor was coming out of his palace for his morning walk when he met a beggar. He asked the beggar, "What do you want?"The beggar laughed and said, "You are asking me as though you can fulfill my desire!"

The king was offended. He said, "Of course I can fulfill your desire. What is it? Just tell me."
And the beggar said, "Think twice before you promise anything."

The beggar was no ordinary beggar, he was the emperor's past life master. He had promised in that life, "I will come and try to wake you in your next life. This life you have missed but I will come again." But the king had forgotten completely -- who remembers past lives? So he insisted, "I will fulfill anything you ask. I am a very powerful emperor, what can you possibly desire that I can not give to you?"

The beggar said, "It is a very simple desire. You see this begging bowl? Can you fill it with something?"

The emperor said, "Of course!" He called one of his viziers and told him, "Fill this mans begging bowl with money." The vizier went and got some money and poured it into the bowl, and it disappeared. And he poured more and more, and the moment he would pour it, it would disappear. And the begging bowl remained always empty.

The whole palace gathered. By and by the rumor went throughout the whole capital, and a huge crowd gathered. The prestige of the emperor was at stake.

He said to his viziers, "If the whole kingdom is lost, I am ready to lose it, but I cannot be defeated by this beggar."

Diamonds and pearls and emeralds, his treasuries were becoming empty.The begging bowl seemed to be bottomless. Everything that was put into it --everything! --immediately disappeared, went out of existence. Finally it was the evening, and the people were standing there in utter silence. The king dropped at the feet of the beggar and admitted his defeat. he said, "Just tell me one thing. You are victorious - but before you leave, just fulfill my curiosity. What is the begging bowl made of?"

The beggar laughed and said, "It is made up of the human mind. There is no secret. It is simply made up of human desires!!"


This understanding transforms life.

Go into one desire -- what is the mechanism of it? First there is a great excitement, great thrill, adventure.we feel a great kick. Something is going to happen,we are on the verge of it. And then we have the car,we have that special someone of our dreams,we have the dream house,we have all the luxuries, and suddenly all is meaningless again.

What happens? Our mind has dematerialized it. The car is standing in the drive, but there is no excitement anymore. The excitement was only in getting it.We became so drunk with the desire that we forgot our inner nothingness.

When the desire is fulfilled- the car in the drive, the luxuries at our home, the money in our bank account, the special someone in our life- again all the excitement disappears. Again the emptiness dawns, ready to eat us up. Again we have to create another desire to escape this yawning abyss.

That's how one moves from one desire to another desire. That's how one remains a beggar. Our whole life proves it again and again -- every desire frustrates. And when the goal is achieved,we will need another desire.

The day we understand that desire as such is going to fail, comes the turning point in our life.

The other journey is inwards. move inwards, come back home!

Hari Om!!


Never Explain Yourself To Anybody
Becoz the person who likes you doesn't need it
And the person who dislikes you wont believe it.

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