Thursday, 2 May 2013

What we need

The story is told that once, during the long travel by railway he had, in his compartment as a fellow-passenger, a young boy was budding occultist. Seeing a monk sitting quietly on a nearby bench, the young man came forward and taking a seat near him, opened a conversation with him. In the meantime, the Swami, who was going without food for a pretty long time and was very hungry, noticed that the young man had with him a large tiffin carrier that seemed to be filled with eating stuff. So, when the young fellow asked him whether he had been to the Himalayas, he readily said that he had not only been to them but stayed long there, sealed great heights there etc., His curiosity inordinately increased, the young fellow went on plying the Swami with questions – did he meet Mahatma Kuthmi and others there and if so did they talk with him about the coming end of the present cycle and the beginning of the Satya Yoga once more, etc., etc., (Mahatma Kuthmi, it may be noted, is, as stated by Madame Blavatsky, one of a brotherhood of adepts scattered throughout the world- She having met some of them in Tibet- who have their spiritual natures so highly developed that their bodies have become ductile instruments of the intelligence. These Mahatmas have lived for such more than the Vedic statement about the duration of human life, viz, a hundred years – sataryur via purushah-and are credited by the Theosophists with the power to control natural forces and thereby work miracles). The Swami said that he had long talks with the Mahatmas he said they had told him about, that the young man began to wonder if had not before him one of those very mahatma themselves in the garb of the Swami. The conversation over, the young man asked the Swami to partake of some food, which he readily consented to do. After they had both rested for some time, the Swami himself resumed conversation. He had liked the young man’s simplicity and had found him intelligent too. So, wanting to cure him of his strange weakness of credulity, he said frankly and with some sternness in his voice, “My boy, you are intelligent and well-read, but how is it that you readily believe in such fantastic things as Mahatmas and miracles?” In a very earnest tone he then gave an exposition of the truth about it all. He said that spirituality had nothing to do with miracle-making, and that the present-day craze for psychic illusions was demoralizing the Indian nation. “What we need, “said he, “is strong common sense, a public spirit, and a philosophy and religion which will make us men”. It is gratifying to learn from The Life, that the Swami’s discourse did benefit the young man and that before they left each other he told the Swami that he had been convinced about his mistake way of thinking on religion and he would follow his valuable precepts.

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