The Dream of King
hearing this story, S. Freud finally decided to receive
The Story of
Bhilini: Be a
beggar and have more power than Maharaji and his
The Two Toads - The Two
goes by two.
The Diamond :
Become rich with this Knowledge!
The Merchant and the
Don't be so stupid, search under your pillow.
The Qeen's Necklace has
Maharaji won't jump in the sewage, you do.
Maharaji Can Change your
to a real nightmare.
The Swan and the Little Owls
: Trust your
feelings, Maharaji is a hoax.
The Premie who decided to get
Married : From
incredible satisfaction to misery.
The Philosopher's Stone
: You are
Alexander the Great
: You won't achieve
: Maharaji will
change your destiny.
The Four Blind People
: The world is
: Tasting it is
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Dream of King Janaka
How King Janaka
became a Karma Yogi and surrendered all his actions to
In the Silver Yuga there lived a great king called Janaka
to whom the Gita has referred as the model example of a
Karamyogi. In spite of being a great king, he was called
Janaka Videhi, or one who has transcended body
consciousness. He performed all his kingly duties in
selfless manner. What is important for us to know is how
King Janaka was able to achieve God consciousness. What
method did he adopt to acquire the state of mind, where
he became free from all opposites.
Being a householder and a king he had to perform al1
types of worldly activities, but how did it happen that
his actions become desireless. The story goes that once
Janaka felt restless and because of his worried mind
could not sleep. He tossed and turned until he finally
dozed. He dreamed that his enemies had conquered his
whole kingdom and he ran to the jungle to save his life.
He felt terribly hungry, and in a certain village he
begged from a Brahmin for some food. The Brahmin woman
said that there was no cooked food in the house but
offered him rice and dal to cook for himself. The king
accepted these foods and attempted, with great
difficulty, to cook it.. Being a king he was not
accustomed to this type of work and was experiencing
great discomfort. After some time, he succeeded in
cooking the food but before he could eat it, two fighting
bulls dashed his meal on the ground. The king was badly
shocked at the misfortune and began weeping bitterly.
With this the king woke up with a start. He realised that
he had been merely dreaming, and he began to think, what
is all this? A few moments before he had been a beggar,
crying for a mere mouthful of food. Now he realised that
he was back to being the great king of Vidarbha who
enjoyed all the luxuries of life. He remembered vividly
his state of being a beggar. And now he was living the
life of a king. Which of these two states of mind was
true ? Was he a king or beggar? While being a king is he
dreaming, or is his state of being a beggar an illusion ?
The questions made the king so pensive that he wanted
nothing but to know the truth of the matter for himself.
Therefore, the next day he made a proclamation to his
people that whosoever could satisfy the king in his
question would receive his entire kingdom.''
Therefore, a huge building was constructed for the
purpose of receiving those who were willing to answer the
king's question. A gate keeper guarded the door allowing
entry only to those who wished to attempt to answer the
question. Inside there was a high throne for the one to
sit who could satisfy King Janaka with the answer to his
question. That seat of honour was reserved for him who
the king took to be his preceptor. Either sides of the
throne were lined by seats for the contestants. Whoever
approached to answer the question was warned that if the
proper answer was not given a punishment of imprisonment
would follow. The great learned men of the time
congregated in the hope of answering the king's
The king's question was, "Is this true, or is that true
Everyone tried in his own way to give a satisfactory
answer to the question by such answers, "the world is
untrue, only Brahm is true". But these superficial
answers did not shatter the doubt of King Janaka, and so
one contestant after another were taken away to the
In the city, there lived a small deformed boy by the name
of Ashtabakra, whose father also had unsuccessfully
answered the king's question and had been imprisoned. One
day his playmates teased him by saying that he was the
son of a prisoner. This touched his heart and he returned
home to find out the truth of the matter. His mother told
him the whole story and said that his father would only
be released if the proper answer to the king's question
could be given. Young Ashtabakra said that he would
release his father, and so determined, set off for the
King's court. He entered the court boldly, full of
confidence that he could satisfy the king's doubt. At the
sight of so young a child, appearing to answer the king's
question, all the sages who had gathered on the occasion
began to laugh.
Ashtabakra went up the throne and seated himself there.
Because of his disfigured appearance and his youth, the
whole court laughed at him. But he laughed back and said,
"O King, why have you called this meeting of people who
like a cobbler see only the outer form of my skin and are
ignorant of inner spirit. How can they, who laugh at my
appearance, whose vision is only skin-deep, answer your
question ? The King and the court were shocked to hear
such a description from the young child, regarding the
gathering comprised of learned scholars. But Ashtabaka
went on to say that these so-called religious teachers
had but bookish knowledge of God and the soul. They were
not able to perceive truth beyond the external body. None
of those present was a seer of the Truth, because an
enlightened soul is one who visualises the same soul in a
cow, elephant, dog as well as in a Brahmin. It is only
the body, which is fair or dark, thin or fat, but, not
the soul. Just as sugar cane is knotted outside but
inside the juicy fibres run smooth and straight, so the
outer appearance of human beings may vary, but the inner
soul remains the same. Janaka was satisfied by this
explanation, and so, according to that procedure, the
Kings minister stood to read out the King's question. But
before the question could be read, Ashtabakra interjected
with his objection that if this were the King's question,
then it must be the king himself who should read it to
him. The King came forward in a most humble manner to ask
it "Is this true or is that true ? "
Ashtavakra replied, "Neither this is true nor that is
Now the king was astonished, and begged to know, what was
the reality. Ashtavakra replied that is only the Holy
Name and the Divine Light which is true and permanent and
all permeating. To realise the ultimate truth some read
books, some perform penances, but none of those methods
lead to the realisation of the truth within oneself. If
you are very eager to know the truth you must make
obeisance for it.
Janaka was ready to surrender everything in order to
attain the knowledge of Truth. He offered Ashtvakra the
entire kingdom but Ashtavakra told him it was only his
vanity which believed the kingdom to be his own personal
property. He said, "Even your father and grandfather
claimed to be the owner of this kingdom. But neither the
kingdom nor the members of your family can be truly
called yours". The king then surrendered himself as the
price to be paid for this truth. Ashtavakra accepted this
offering and imparted to him the mysterious knowledge of
the Holy Name, asking the king to meditate upon it, fix
his mind upon it at all times and to perform his duties
as king. Thus did Janaka receive knowledge which made him
able to perform actions desirelessly by fixing his mind
on the Shabd Brahm within. By the practice of the Shabd
Brahm he was able to gradually disconnect himself from
the body and attain Supreme Consciousness. It is only by
knowing the Holy Name of God (Shabd Brahm) and constantly
practising it that man can get detached to worldly
objects and render himself fit for the performance of the
The central theme of the Gita is performing one's duties
by fixing the mind on the inner self-effulgent Light and
Story of Bhilini
Once, during Rama's exile from his kingdom there lived a
"Shudra" woman by the name of Bhilini in the midst of a
forest. She served her Guru by sweeping, collecting
firewood and doing other domestic duties. So devoted was
she, that her Guru upon his death bed called Bhilini to
him and said, "O Bhilini, have patience and be devoted to
Lord Rama and you will be graced with His Darshan in your
Consequently Bhilini lived in constant expectation of
Lord Rama's arrival. She would get up in the morning to
collect fruits for him, tasting each one to see whether
it was sweet enough. She daily swept the very route that
Lord Rama would have to take in order to arrive at her
humble hut. Now, in that forest lived many "Rishis" who
having renounced the world had built Ashrams for
themselves, and lived a life of meditation and
asceticism. Bhilini lived apart from their abodes, for
even amidst the forest all shunned her. They considered
her of a low caste and did not wish to have any contact
The day at last arrived when Lord Rama, passing through
the forest, bypassed all the Ashrams and went to the hut
of Bhilini. She was overjoyed, all her dreams and
expectations had at last been realised, and eagerly she
put before Lord Rama the bowl of fruits which she had
been so long and laboriously collecting. Lord Rama was
pleased with her offerings and ate all the fruit. He gave
a few to his brother Lakshman who was amazed that Lord
Rama could eat the fruits of a Shudra woman, and
surreptitiously threw them away.
In the forest was a single polluted pond which deprived
the inhabitants of a supply of good drinking water. The
"Rishis" approached Lord Rama and begged him to walk into
the water, believing that the pond would become purified
upon contact with his feet. Rama replied that they, who
were great Rishis, purified by years of asceticism in the
forest should be able to purify the water themselves. An
attempt was made, and the "Rishis" entered the water,
still the pond remained polluted. Now Lord Rama walked
into the water, hut he too failed to clean it. At this
point Lord Rama called Bhilini, assuring the "Rishis"
that if she were to enter the ponds the water would
become purified. Bhilini entered, and sure enough the
pond became crystal clear and drinking water was restored
to the forest.
There are two toads. I think you understand the meaning
of toad, they go, "Trr, trr, trr," in the night, you
know? And these two toads met. One toad belonged to the
sea and one toad belonged to the well. And the sea toad
said, "I am very far away from my ocean, so you had
better give me shelter." He said, "O.K., come into my
well," and he took him into his well. When they were
there they both started talking. The toad who lived in
the well said, "how big is the ocean ?" And the other one
said, "Huge, big, big, big, huge." So the toad who lived
in the well made a circle and said, "this big ?" And the
other said, "No, huge, much bigger." So he drew a bigger
circle. He said, "Bigger than this?" "Yes, bigger than
this." Ultimately, he reached the boundary of the well.
He said, "Bigger than this ?" The sea toad said, "Yes,
bigger than this." He said, "It is impossible. Nothing
can be bigger than my well. This the biggest thing." The
other said, "Brother, be patient, wait a little!'
In the morning they both rose and the sea toad took the
other one to the sea and all he could see was water,
water, water and not an end to it. Maybe you think these
are just bare words which you listen to with your ears.
But there is something beyond them, there is something
beyond that which you think is limited, it's like the
The Two Ants
There were two ants, and one ant loved salt and the other
loved sugar. When they met, the salt ant said, "My salt
is the sweetest thing, the most beautiful thing." And the
other said, "No, my sugar is sweeter. " They said, "O.K,
we are both tired today, we will rest and in the morning
we will meet." And the salt ant said, "I will come and
taste your sugar in the morning. "
Morning came, they both rose up, and the salt ant said,
"Probably there won't be any salt near that sweet thing,
so I had better take some along." So she took some salt
in her mouth and went to where the other ant lived. "Yes,
I have come," she said, "is the sugar? " Here it is,
taste as much as you like." The salt ant tasted some and
then she said, "Well, this is just like my salt, your
sugar is just like my salt. " She took another bite,
"Yes, it's just like my salt." Because she had a piece of
salt in her mouth, she could not taste the sugar.
There was a farmer
in the desert and he saw this piece of glass shining so
he picked it up. He said, "Oh this is not precious," and
he threw it away and went on his way. And after some time
a jeweller came an he took it, and he said, "Oh it is a
diamond, how lucky I am." So he put it in his pocket. So
they both came, they both picked up that diamond, but one
was clever enough to know its value and the other was
ignorant and left it.
Merchant and the Thief
In India people used
to go out from their homes to earn money. So there was a
man who went outside to foreign countries and he earned
quite a lot, he had five hundred pounds. And he was going
back to his home and a thief saw him, and saw that he had
five hundred pounds. So he came up to him and said, "Sir,
may I accompany you, where are you going ?" And the man
said: "Well, I am going back to my home," and he told the
name of the place. The thief said, "Well sir, I am also
going there. Would you mind if I accompany you ?" And he
said, "No, come along," and both these travellers started
walking. They went to an inn and the man who possessed
the money went down to take his dinner and this thief
started searching. He started searching for the money. He
searched in his pockets, he searched on his bed, under
his pillow, but he couldn't get a single penny. He
thought, this man is making a fool of me. He hasn't got a
single penny, he just says he has got five hundred
pounds. They were walking again and he said, "Sir, how
many pounds have you got ? " And he said, "Well I've got
five hundred pounds." And again they went to an inn, and
this man again went to take his dinner and this thief
again searched. He searched under his pillow, under his
sheet, under his clothes, but he couldn't find a single
penny. Again he thought, no, no, he is making a fool of
Finally they came to their home and the man who possessed
the money took out his purse, took out five pounds, and
said, "Well, these are for you. You may have them." And
the thief said, "No thank you, sir, I don't want a single
pound. But can you answer my one question ?" The man
said, "Yes." "Sir, I am a thief," he said. "Now you are
quite secure in your home and I am not going to steal
from you any more. I am a thief and I was after your five
hundred pounds and now I know that you have got five
hundred pounds because you have shown me, but can you
tell me where did you keep this five hundred pounds when
you used to go to dinner ?" The man said, "I used to keep
this five hundred pounds under your pillow !" Before he
used to go for his dinner he used to take this amount of
money and put it under the thief's pillow. But the thief
kept searching under the other's pillow. And he couldn't
get a single pound. So, that's the same condition with
the world outside today. The world is searching for God
Once there was a
queen. She went to take a bath, took off her necklace and
hung it a hook. A crow came and flew off with it. When he
saw that it was not edible, that it was only a necklace,
he let it drop down. The necklace fell from the sky and
dropped onto a tree. Under that tree the river was
flowing in which all the dirt of the city was floating.
Very dirty. When the queen came out of her bath she saw
the necklace was missing. She cried, "A thief has taken
my necklace." Was that crow a real thief ? She never
knew, but still she said, "A thief has taken necklace and
until I get it back I won't take food." So nobody could
find the necklace and the king offered that whoever would
find that necklace and bring it to him, he would give
half his kingdom. Some travellers were going by, and they
stopped under that tree to take some shelter and looked
into that dirty river. "Oh there is the necklace," they
cried, "Now let us jump in the water and take out the
So they all jumped in the river and swam deep, but they
could get nothing. They came out and again saw necklace
was there. So they again jumped in but again they got
nothing. Again they came out and again they jumped in.
When they came out they still saw it. When they jumped in
the necklace disappeared and when they came out the
necklace was there. And so they thought, "That thief is
very clever. Whenever we come out he shows us the
necklace but when we jump in he takes it and hides it. He
is very clever." After some time a huge crowd gathered,
and the king was passing and said, "What is the matter,
why are so many people there by that river ? " The people
said, "There is the necklace, king." The king said, "Yes,
that is the necklace, I should go and jump and take it. "
But his Prime Minister said, "O.K., king. I am going to
jump in and get this necklace for you." Then the king
thought, "If the Prime Minister gets the necklace for me,
then half the kingdom will be his, so why should I lose
my kingdom? These clothes are very fine, but they are not
as expensive as half the kingdom." See, the king was very
cunning. "I will jump in the water," he said. So he
jumped into the river with all his clothes on, into that
dirty river. He searched all around but he couldn't get
that necklace. He came out and said, "Well, the necklace
is there and as soon as I jump in it disappears. Why
should this be?"
Just then a guru, a man who knew this Knowledge, was
passing by, and he said, "This is neither a fasting day
nor a holy day. What is the matter. Why are so many
people gathered around here ?" And they said, "Sir, this
is the matter. The necklace is there and we want to take
it out." He said, "Can't you find it in the water?" They
said, "No." He said, "O.K. Wait." Then he climbed the
tree, took the necklace down and gave it to the king.
Because in that river there was not the real necklace.
The necklace was up there all the time but they could
only see the reflection.
can change your life.
Once there was a king. And this king came to Guru Maharaj
Ji's court, and everybody was sitting there. Guru Maharaj
Ji was giving satsang. So he just came in, sat down. And
Guru Maharaj Ji was saying that the power, the Grace of
Guru Maharaj Ji, can make anything happen. It's
incredible. It's so powerful, that even Guru Maharaj Ji's
Grace, the darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji, can take the sins
of his past life and clean it all up.
The king was sitting there. He had his doubts. "How is
that possible?" So that night, when the king went to
sleep, he had this incredible dream. And in the dream he
saw that here he was in a village. And this village
pretty much was his. Because in it were his nieces and
the nephews and all his family. .And there were hundreds
of them. There were his kids, and kid's kids, and kid's
kid's kids, and kid's uncle's nephew's sons, daughters,
brothers, everything. And every time he would walk
anywhere everybody would come, "Oh Great-grandfather! Oh
Grandfather! Oh 'This-father,' where are you going? Get
me this! Get me that!"
And it was always so weird for him. It was always hell
for him. It was all dirty and everybody's noses were
running all the time. There was dirt everywhere. It was
cold at night-time. It had inadequate facilities. It was
this. it was that. It was everything.
And one day, in this dream, that guy who had all this
happening to him died. So everybody was crying. And this
was happening and that was happening.
Well, anyway, he woke up. He woke up and there was a
messenger standing. It was in the morning. There was a
messenger standing there and he said that, "Guru Maharaj
Ji has sent the word that he'd like to go hunting if
you'd like to come along."
And he said, "Okay." Guru Maharaj Ji took his horse and a
few devotees here and there and they went hunting. And
Guru Maharaj Ji said, "Look. There's going to be a rule
about this hunting. First one to go after a certain
animal then has to stay with it. Nobody else is going to
chase it anymore. It's yours. You go get it."
So the king saw a wild boar run by and he started chasing
it the wild boar. And everybody just held back. And there
he was. And he started running and running and the wild
boar was really fast. And they were all running.
All of a sudden the king sort of slowed down and he
looked all around. And it was like, he had seen this
mountain! He had seen the jungle! It was all very
familiar to him. .And he kept going. And it even looked
more familiar and more familiar till he saw these huts!
And it was like, "Oh my God!"
As soon as he walked there with his horse, all these kids
that he had seen in his dream started coming to him. "Oh,
you have come back! It's incredible. Great. Come on. Did
you bring this for me? Did you bring that? Oh my
Great-grandfather, how are you?" And that was
happening... And it was a mess!
And here was this king, almost getting ripped in pieces.
And he was saying, "Look! I'm not. I don't know you! I've
never seen you! Who are you? Get away!"
They said, "What are you talking about?"
And by that time Guru Maharaj Ji had come. And Guru
Maharaj Ji said, "Look, do you really think he's your
Great-grandfather or however you're related?" He said,
"If you really think that that's the person, why don't
you go dig the grave and find out?"
They dug the grave and there was this person lying there
who looked completely identical to the king!
So then Guru Maharaj Ji turned to the king and he said,
"Look. This was your life. This is what you would have
had to go through. But because you had surrendered your
life to Guru Maharaj Ji, because you had faith in Guru
Maharaj Ji, look what Guru Maharaj Ji did: just made it
into a mere dream. That's all. And you had it last night.
And here is the proof that this is exactly what was going
to happen. But you never died. And the whole thing
happened in a dream."
And then he realized that, yes, by Guru Maharaj Ji's
Grace it's possible.
Swan and the Owls
Once upon a time there were these owls. And they used
to live in this tree. And the owls had baby owls. The
whole community of owls used to live in the area.
One day a swan came to the community of the owls to rest
and started talking to the baby owls, and said, "Have you
ever seen the sun?" And they said, "Sun? What is sun?"
(Of course this is the story. It's by all means from
India, where they say owls can't do this and owls can't
do that. They can see perfectly okay in the daytime. It's
not that it's just that they're nocturnal. They go to
sleep during the daytime and they're up all night long.
But I've seen owls hunt at daytime. Perfectly okay. They
just like to sleep at daytime.)
Well, anyway, the story explains a point.
The swan said, "You have never seen the sun? You've never
seen this beautiful, warming, kind and whatever it is the
sun in its own personality you've never seen that ?"
So the swan said, "Well, I can show it to you." But he
said, "First of all you can't see it here. You have to go
to a certain place to see it. And you should ask the
permission of your parents if you can go to see it."
So the little owls went over to their parents and said,
"Can we go see the sun?"
And the parents said, "What? Go see what?"
"What's a sun? Who told you about sun? Never heard of
that word sun. What is it ?"
And the owls just started sharing what the swan had told
them, that there is a sun and it is beautiful and it is
warm and it is incredible.
And they said, "Well, we really don't know. We love you.
And we know that you're not telling us a lie. But we
really don't know who this swan really is. He might be
tricking you into going there and then he might eat you
or something like that." They said, "Well, we don't
The swan said, "Come on. That's not the way it is. Come,
I'll show you."
And the owls said, "Well, okay. We'll have to go to the
High Council, call the old Wise Ones out and have them
form an opinion on it."
So all these wise old owls collected together. And then
the baby owls made their appeal to them. They said, "We
would like to go see the sun."
And the owls said, "Well, what? What's sun? What is sun
And they said, "Well, sun is this incredible thing that's
warm, beautiful, splendid, rises and gives warmth to the
whole world and gives its supply to the whole world. And
without that we would be nothing!"
The wise old owls looked at each other. It was like,
"Have you ever heard of it?" And they were talking to
each other. "Have you ever heard of sun? Have you ever
heard of sun?"
So by talking to everyone who was there everybody said,
"No, we've never heard about the sun." They came to the
conclusion, "There can't be a sun! That swan is
completely a hoax! That swan is completely lying. That
swan is just wrong! Because how could there be a sun when
we have never seen it? And here we are, we have lived for
so many years!"
And finally the little owls came back to the swan and
they said, "You have really broken our hearts! Here we
were, really relying on you to show us this sun and this
whole jive you gave. And all the time when you were
telling us about this sun, your intentions were evil! You
wanted to kill us!"
And he said, "No!" He said, "Do one thing. You don't have
to go anywhere. Just do one thing. You can go to sleep
whenever you want to, but when I call for you, wake up
and look up. Wake up! Open your eyes! And then see if I'm
wrong or not."
The owls went to sleep. And right when the sun
beautifully started to manifest its glory, the swan said,
"Okay, now open your eyes." And they saw! They saw the
sun. And it was the most incredible experience of their
And this is what Guru Maharaj Ji does.
Premie who decided to get married
Mind lulls us away
into something, but everything's here, like that example,
that story of this premie who came to Guru Maharaj Ji's
ashram to dedicate his life. You might say he did
dedicate his life. He moved into Guru Maharaj Ji's ashram
and stayed there and he would do service every day. One
day he decided he wanted to go off and get married.
And to me it's so real; Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, saving
us every moment. He went off to be married. And in the
Indian marriage custom the bridegroom rides a horse to
the bride's house and picks her up there. There's where
the whole ceremony happens.
And Guru Maharaj Ji - all these devotees wanted to go to
his marriage, too. All the brothers who were in the
ashram - "ashram mates", I guess - wanted to go there. I
don't know. Probably another excuse. Nothing much. Guru
Maharaj Ji was there. What's in a marriage being
performed? Seeing another creature getting entrapped,
They went off and Guru Maharaj Ji handed them a letter
and said, "Listen. Give this letter to him, but wait
until just before he hops on his horse to go to the
bride's house" - because that's were the final ceremony
happens. "Give this letter to him."
And just as he was ready to ride the horse, they came and
handed him the letter. "There is a letter from Guru
And he was pleased. "Oh, how fantastic. Guru Maharaj Ji
remembered me." And probably in his concepts he was
thinking that Guru Maharaj Ji has probably said,
"Congratulations. Have a nice marriage," or something
like that - what he really wanted to hear, I guess.
But he opened up the letter and it didn't say that at
all. What it said is you came into this world to
surrender to me, to completely focus yourself on me, to
completely let go to me. And now you are wearing this
whole costume of a bridegroom, and are going to get
entrapped into this world. You came to get away from this
world and now you're going right back into this world.
You came from that place of misery to an incredible
satisfaction and now you're going back to misery.
And I guess it really did him in. It was "the right place
at the right time," plus a lot of Grace from Guru Maharaj
Ji. He really realized. He took his horse and headed
right to the ashram. And he went there and then he really
realized, he really could see.
It reminds me of that one story where there was this
saint who came to this one businessman and gave him this
stone and said, "This stone has a power that whenever you
touch it to iron, it'll turn into gold. "I have to go on
my tour. I have to go on my satsang tour and I am leaving
this with you. And while I am gone, you may use it. But I
am going to return exactly and definitely on
such-and-such day, on such-and-such hour, such-and-such
minute and such-and-such second. And then I want it back.
And you have to guarantee that you will absolutely give
it back to me."
And he said, "Of course." Very happy. He called up the
stock exchange and found out that iron just went up. And
he said, "Well, I'll wait. I've plenty of time."
That's what we all think. "We have plenty of time." This
Hans Jayanti started and I feel like today's Tuesday, not
Thursday. It just started! What happened? It's just
started. And it's going to go on for a week and very soon
that week is here. Here we are on Thursday. In a few
hours it'll be Friday. And then there is only one day
left: Saturday. And we always can get into that trip, "Oh
yeah, I haven't listened to satsang. I'll just wait and
listen to satsang. I'll wait. I have plenty of time." We
So this guy called up, found out. Then he wanted to wait
till the price of the iron came down. Because he was a
miser. He didn't want to spend any more money than he had
to even for the iron that he can potentially turn into
gold And he waited and waited and waited till one day, he
heard this knock. "Knock, knock."
And there was the saint. "Please. Here I am. I would like
my stone back." And this guy started to search for iron,
for any metal. And the way the story goes, even the
weights on his balance were made out of rock, and his
balance was made out of leather and wood. He was so
cheap; he was such a miser all his life.
That's the way I feel sometimes our life is, too we are
misers. We never want to give ourselves to Guru Maharaj
Ji. "We don't need to give ourselves to anybody."
Alexander the Great
We are not permanent in this world. Even Alexander the
Great, who had dreams to conquer this world, was not
permanent. And when he died, he said that "When I die,
and you are raking my coffin out, take my two hands, and
on those two hands take two stones. And carve on that
stone that you put on my hand, and also the slab you are
going to put on my graveyard, 'Alexander the Great, who
came into this world bare-handed, has gone from this
world barehanded.' " He came, he went into all this trip,
and the thing ended up again as the same thing.
Once there was an
emperor, and one astrologer came up to him and said,
"Emperor, you are going to die tomorrow." The emperor
completely freaked out, completely freaked out, flipped
out completely. He wasn't going to court anymore, he
wasn't eating, he wasn't drinking water. He was just
sitting thinking that he is going to die tomorrow. So his
advisor came and said, "What's the matter, your
Excellency? Why are you sitting like that? What happened
And the emperor said, "Listen, mister, I'm going to die
tomorrow. It's a joke for you, but I'm going to
He said, "Who told you you are going to die tomorrow ?
He said, "No, come on!" So he called that astrologer and
said, "Astrologer, is his Highness going to die tomorrow
And the astrologer said, "Yes, he's going to die
And he said, "How do you know?"
He said, "Because I calculated, and he is going to die
So he said, "Oh, really?" And he said, "When are you
going to die?">
"Oh, I am going to die after 21 years. I calculated my
lifetime, and it's after 21 years that I am going to
"Are you sure?"
The advisor took off his sword and slaughtered that
astrologer right there! So that's it. And he told the
emperor, "Emperor, it was just a fake thing. He wasn't
going to live 21 years. He probably miscalculated. Maybe
you were going to live 21 years, and he was going to die
Four Blind People
There were four
blind people - that's the condition of the whole world
today. There were four blind people, and they were
sitting on the side of a road, and they expected to see
an elephant. Then one man came with the elephant, and he
said, "Sirs, why are you waiting here? May I help you
four people?" And they said, "Yes, we want to look at an
elephant. We want to have a look at an elephant." He
said, "Sirs, please, come on, this is an elephant."
And these four people started looking at it. They
couldn't even look, so they just started feeling it. So
one man took a trunk - you know trunk? Just touched it,
left it. Other man went to the ear, touched the
elephant's ear, left it.
Then other man went, took his feet, touched it, left it.
Other man went, took his tusk, touched it, felt it, left
it. The man with the elephant said, "Have you seen,
gentlemen?" "Yes, we are very pleased. We have seen the
When the elephant man went away, they said, "Oh, wow!
Elephant is like a trunk, like a tree trunk!" "No
elephant is not like a tree trunk; it is like a thick
branch!" Man who had experienced his foot said, "It is
like a tree trunk." And man who had experienced his trunk
said, "Oh, it's not like a tree trunk, but it's like a
thick branch." Man who had experienced tusk says, "No,
you are both wrong. He is not like a trunk or a branch;
he is like a rock." Because he had experienced this
thing. And the fourth man said, "No, you are all three
fool people. It's not anything like this. Elephant is
like a banana leaf; big, big, huge."
Can you tell me that point: Was that elephant like a tree
trunk, or that thick branch, or like a stone, or like a
banana leaf? What was the elephant like? And that's going
on in the world. They never were able to see elephant.
And that's what is going on with us.
It's like that example that used to be given a long time
ago about this king. And this king had a beautiful
kingdom, huge kingdom. He was very powerful. And one day
this merchant sailed into his kingdom. And to please the
king, he took a little bit of assortments of all
different kinds, fruits and jewellery and clothes and
everything he had been collecting, and he went to the
court. And to please the king he offered him this huge
tray of all these different items. And the king was very
happy, very pleased, and, "Okay, now you can keep your
ship two more days in the harbour."
And then I mean, it came down to the point where it was
like this one thing, and it was a mango. And this king
had never tasted a mango. And so he was very, curious
about it. So he called all his courtiers and said, "Well,
why don't you analyze what this is?" And they started
talking about it, "Oh yeah, we've heard something like
this. It must be a mango, and in Hindi they called it an
am, and da-da-da-da-da. And they went on into their
conversation, and the king wasn't satisfied. So he said,
"Why don't you taste it?" He told one of his courtiers,
"Why don't you taste it?"
So he took a little piece and he tasted it, and he said,
"Yeah, well, it tastes sort of like a little bit of sour
and sweet, and it's got a really nice texture to it, and
it tastes like this!" And the king just wasn't satisfied.
And they just kept on going to one minister, to the other
minister, to the third minister, fourth minister, fifth
minister. And the king wasn't satisfied until this one
minister said, "I know the perfect solution. I know
perfect way that you can find out what it is!" So he took
two fruits, two mangoes. He took one and he cut it up
real nice for the king, and he put the next one right
next to it and said, "That's what it looks like, and
that's what it tastes like. Here it is. Taste it for
yourself." And then the king tasted it, and he knew
exactly what it was.