How Shankaran Pillai mistook untruth for the truth

A story retold. First heard in one of Sadhguru’s satsangs on his website. It’s about a man who had sworn he would never touch another drop but after 3 months of being dry….

It was a Friday evening and everyone in the office was heading off to TGIF happy hours. Shankaran Pillai decided it wouldn’t do any harm to just hang out for a while. After all he had managed to stay dry for 3 months now! And even if he were to have just one teeny weeny drink, it would be well-deserved! It’s been 3 months!

As things would go, one drink led to another and very soon, he became totally inebriated. The next time he looked at his watch he knew he had better make it home or else. So he toddled off his bar stool and began to meander his way home.

One more look at his watch and he thought he had better take the short cut back as time was of the essence. It was dark going that way and before long, he promptly fell into some bushes. Thorny bushes!

He was quite messed up by the time he extricated himself and continued on. Thank goodness, he thought, everyone was asleep as he finally reached home. Groping in the dark, he made his way in and went straight to the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. He patched himself up as best as he could and as quietly as he could got into bed and promptly went to sleep.

The next time he opened his eyes was when he was rudely woken up with a bucket of cold water. There was his wife looming massively above him. She started to berate him for drinking. He denied. He swore he hadn’t touched a drop ever since he made that promise to her that he would never ever drink again.

That’s when she hauled him by his collar and dragged him to the bathroom. You liar! You promised!

Oops, there on the mirror of the medicine cabinet was his handiwork from last night – a wholy mess of …. BandAids!😳😜

Truth vs Untruth

Okay, maybe I didn’t tell it as well as Sadhguru did but I’m sure we all get the point.

What happens when you mistake the untruth for the truth?

Gee, I guess that’s what’s going to keep happening as long as we aren’t ‘awake’.

It also reminds me of the famous Zen mirror. Haiz!

Who is the real you? The one who sees or the one seen?

And definitely this most famous analogy,

Is it a rope or a snake?

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