New Age Spirituality Inspirational Stories Part 40

New Age Spirituality Inspirational Stories Part 40

It contains one of​ the highest flights of​ the Vedanta. When the Vyadha finished his teaching, the Sannyasin felt astonished. He said, "Why are you in​ that body? With such knowledge as​ yours why are you in​ a​ Vyadha's body, and doing such filthy, ugly work?" "My son," replied the Vyadha, "no duty is​ ugly, no duty is​ impure. My birth placed me in​ these circumstances and environments. in​ my boyhood I learnt the trade;I am unattached, and I try to​ do my duty well. I try to​ do my duty as​ a​ householder, and I try to​ do all I can to​ make my father and mother happy. I neither know your Yoga, nor have I become a​ Sannyasin, nor did I go out of​ the world into a​ forest; nevertheless, all that you have heard and seen has come to​ me through the unattached doing of​ the duty which belongs to​ my position."

There is​ a​ sage in​ India, a​ great Yogi, one of​ the most wonderful men I have ever seen in​ my life. He is​ a​ peculiar man, he will not teach any one; if​ you ask him a​ question he will not answer. it​ is​ too much for him to​ take up the position of​ a​ teacher, he will not do it. if​ you ask a​ question, and wait for some days, in​ the course of​ conversation he will bring up the subject, and wonderful light will he throw on it. He told me once the secret of​ work, "Let the end and the means be joined into one." When you are doing any work, do not think of​ anything beyond. Do it​ as​ worship, as​ the highest worship, and devote your whole life to​ it​ for the time being. Thus, in​ the story, the Vyadha and the woman did their duty with cheerfulness and whole - heartedness; and the result was that they become illuminated, clearly showing that the right performance of​ the duties of​ any station in​ life, without attachment to​ results, leads us to​ the highest realisation of​ the perfection of​ the soul.

It is​ the worker who is​ attached to​ results that grumbles about the nature of​ the duty which has fallen to​ his lot; to​ the unattached worker all duties are equally good, and form efficient instruments with which selfishness and sensuality may be killed, and the freedom of​ the soul secured. We are all apt to​ think too highly of​ ourselves. Our duties are determined by our deserts to​ a​ much larger extent than we are willing to​ grant. Competition rouses envy, and it​ kills the kindliness of​ the heart. to​ the grumbler all duties are distasteful; nothing will ever satisfy him, and his whole life is​ doomed to​ prove a​ failure. Let us work on, doing as​ we go whatever happens to​ be our duty, and being ever ready to​ put our shoulders to​ the wheel. Then surely shall we see the Light!

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