A hermit once used to live on the outskirts of a village. He was at peace with himself. There was always a blissful glow on his face. The passerby would give him money and daily chores to help him live as a human. People would pity him for he did not live a full life of worldly pleasures like them. However, no one dare question the lifestyle of the sage.
The King from a nearby kingdom once expressed his desire to see the sage. He sent his messenger to seek an appointment with him. All the people around wondered why a king would like to have an audience with a poor hermit who is virtually living on their alimony. They directed the King’s messenger to his hermitage. But he failed to seek any appoint with the sage, rather the sage didn’t open the door. He returned to the King’s Court and narrated the indecent attitude of the sage. The king then asked, had he done anything to annoy the sage. The messenger said, “No my honor, the sage only asked me – ‘Who are you? ’ But as I introduced myself, he remained quiet for a while and asked me to leave.”
The king then sent his senior minister to enquire and bring the sage to the court with honor and dignity. But the minister also returned without any success. He complained about the rude and arrogant behavior of the sage and advised the king to get the sage arrested for disobeying the king’s order.The king pacified his ministers and decided to knock at the hermit personally.
He became a commoner and walked to the hermit’s door barefooted. The sage asked him the same question, “Who are you?” The king replied, “I don’t Know.” The sage then asked, “What are you doing at my door?” The king said, “I don’t know.” The sage came out of his meditation and took the king inside with due respect.
The moral of the story is that if you want to be a seeker, you have to first empty yourself with all of your labels including that of name, designations, ego and achievements. Whatever one achieves is just another milestone. If you go beyond a personal milestone, you will find there is yet another world to be explored, some more lessons to be learned, some more opportunity for being human, and some more seeds of love to be grown.
Oscar Wilde in his profound quote, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken,” beautifully highlights the idea of the individuality and uniqueness of every person and the importance of knowing and believing in who you really are and not striving to be someone else. God has made each one of us perfect, each with our own uniqueness and has gifted us with every talent and insight needed to make us blissful. If you truly accept who you are and make the best of all your potentials, you will soon realize that you are an amazing masterpiece created by almighty.
God has taken great care in creating us unique with a special purpose in mind. The day we understand that special or higher purpose, we are worth what we are. We are given this life because we are strong enough to live it. Love the life you live not the things you live with. “Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else,” cautions Steve Jobs.
The cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is a great example of someone who constantly strives to go beyond what he already knows or has done. After achieving almost every milestone in the cricketing world, he still has the appetite to do different things for his country. Befittingly he is the ‘Bharat Ratna’, so unassuming yet so humble, like the king in our story. His greatness lies in the very fact that he never got carried by any legends.
All of us come into this world as a guest for a brief period of time. Who am I? Where do I need to go from here? What approach do I need to follow? These are some of the fundamental questions, whose answers lies in our own courtyard we call ‘soul searching’. ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘Where’ are some naughty devices, that may confuse our journey of life, but sooner we start addressing it with ‘How’, the journey itself becomes sacred.
We carry so many ‘visiting cards’ but can we make our soul a worthwhile visiting place!
The Gita says, “You have the right to the action alone and never to its fruit; let not the fruits of action be your motive; neither let there be in you any attachment to inaction.” Nothing matters more than the willing fulfillment of the purpose of God. We attain a higher state of consciousness by doing our work without attachment to the worldly attractions.
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