Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame. ..................................

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Escaping Too Is An Illusion

Once when Adi Sankaracharya was passing through a forest, an elephant came rushing towards him. To save himself, Sankara too started running. Seeing this from a distance, a disciple shouted rather mockingly.

"Kim palayanasi; Gajopi mithya?" (Why are you running; the elephant too is an illusion?) alluding to Sankara's famous precept,

"Brahmn Satyam, jagat mithya" (The Supreme Being is the only truth; the world is merely an illusion.)

Not to be outdone, the seer replied:
"Mam palayanopi mithya!" (My escaping too is an illusion! ;-))

One does not know if the story is true but Indian scriptures do often resort to humour to convey a spiritual idea. Well!! Let's take this story too in the right spirit :)

2 comments:

Smita Tewari said...

Loved the humour in the story.
But long time no see!?!

Pradip Biswas said...

The humerous truth of gurus but I take it you got to be smart always to hold back the seat of Guru. This is an absolute truth not an Illusion!