[Advaita-l] 24 Gurus of Bhagavan Dattatreya - II
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Fri Dec 20 00:08:11 CST 2013
9. a python
The python is a big snake that is rather lazy. Instead of hunting for
prey it just lies there and waits for prey to come to it. From it
Dattatreya learned not to seek to feed ones appetite but to accept
whatever comes ones way.
10. The ocean
>From close up the ocean is roiling with waves but from a larger
perspective it is perfectly still. Furthermore though all the rivers of
the world empty into the ocean it never becomes full. From it He learned
that the vrttis of the mind and the agitations of the outside world though
seemingly violent and unceasing become nothing but stillness in Brahman.
11. a moth
a moth is irresistably drawn towards light even when as in the case of a
fire it will destroy itself. From it He learned that the foolish seeker
after desires will become a slave to them even to the point of
12. a bumblebee
A bee flits from flower to flower to collect its essence as food and the
flower is not harmed by it. From it He learned that a sannyasi should not
trouble a particular patron by depending on him even though it is the
grhastha dharma to provide bhiksha to sannyasis but go from house to house
to lessen the burden.
13. a honeybee
Honey comes from another smaller species of bee. Like the bumblebee it
collects nectar from flowers for its food but unlike the former, it stores
it up as honey in its hive. There it becomes a target for theft by bears
and other animals, farmers etc. From it He learned that one should not
store up food and wealth but only keep enough to stay alive for the
14. an elephant
The elephant is a mighty beast; very hard to capture but it has one
weakness. In the rutting season the smell of a female elephant will drive
it wild and it will rush headlong to the source of that smell. A skillful
hunter can use that to trap it. From this He learnt that even those who
are mostly unswayed by desire can be laid low if they have some lingering
vice. So desire must be uprooted completely.
15. a deer
A deer is also hard to catch bcause it can run so swiftly. But the
beguiling sound of a flute mesmerizes it into inactivity where a hunter
can trap it. From this He learnt that a yogi must stay away from music
and other things that exist only to beguile the senses lest he become
ensnared in samsara.
[bhajans and other types of bhaktiyukta music are ok though because they
have the opposite effect.]
16. a fish
A fish is protected from hunters by living in the deep water. But clever
humans attach bait to fishing lines. The fish gets caught on the hook in
the very mouth that greedily relished the taste of the bait. From it He
learned that one should only take food which is sattvika and avoid that
which is only cooked in order to excite the palate.
[Some of these examples show the dangers of relying on the senses. The
moth met its doom due to sight; the elephant due to smell; the deer due
to sound; and the fish due to taste. A wise man controls all the senses.]
To be continued...
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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