Two buffaloes and an invisible rope

We hold ourselves in bondage to repeating patterns of behaviour through the invisible rope of our mind, just like it was for the two buffaloes in this fable.  Once upon a time there was a farmer. Each day he would go out to tend his fields with his two buffaloes. As mid-day approaches he would stop for a simple meal and a short rest but before that he would unyoke and then tie each of his buffaloes to a nearby tree with a rope around its neck. That way they wouldn’t wander off while he was sleeping. One day, as …

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The power of the mantra

It is said that the mantra is at its most powerful when it is recited in the mind with no movement of larynx or tongue. One of my most cherished moments of an ashram stay is always at the end of the day when we participate in the evening fire or arati ceremony by the banks of the Ganges. This is from my travel journal… Another day comes to a close at the ashram and as the colors around us starts to dim as dusk falls, we are all gathered on the steps of the ghat, waiting patiently for the …

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Ignorance of the 10 fools

“Hence I say – know that you are really the infinite, pure Being, the Self Absolute. You are always that Self and nothing but that Self. What keeps you from knowing is ignorance, like the ignorance of the ten fools.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi This is a tale told by the great sage to illustrate the delusion of the ego-centric self. The I or self whose sight is veiled by Maya, not seeing the true Self that is already there. Filters, blinkers, ignorance….. How many times have we caught ourselves thinking just like these 10 fools? Here is the story. …

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The wish-fulfulling tree: Kalpavriksha

A story from Sadhguru. The truth is each of us is a Kalpa Vriksha.  We are all magicians capable of wielding an immense power to create anything we want. But be careful what you wish for…. One day, a man went for a walk out of town where he eventually came to a forest. He decided he would rest for a while under a shady tree before making his way back. And so he slept on the soft grass and before long, woke up feeling totally refreshed but hungry. He said, “How I wish I had all my favourite foods …

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The donkey who fell into the well

A story retold. First found on the web, it is too good a story to pass up. This is a fable about a donkey who fell into a well and how he got himself out of an almost impossible situation. There is a moral in this story for us. How would we handle the same challenge if it was us? Will we be as smart or as dumb as a donkey? Once upon a time there was an old donkey and he was the sweetest donkey you could ever find. There he was out walking in the field one day and …

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