Everyone is great in his place: be it a householder or a saint

This is a bit long story of a king and his endeavor in knowing the greater man- he who is a householder or a sannyasin.

A certain king used to inquire of all the sannyasins that came to his country, “Which is the greater man- he who gives up the world and becomes a sannyasin, or who lives in the world and performs his duties as a householder? Many wise men sought to solve the problem. Some asserted that the sannyasin is the greater, upon which the king demanded that they should prove their assertion. When they could not, he ordered them to marry and become householders. The others came and called householders as the greater, but they could not prove their assertion. Hence the king also ordered them to marry.

At last, there came a young sannyasin, and the king similarly inquired him also. He answered, “Each, O king, is equally great in his place.” “Prove this to me”, asked the king. “I will prove it to you”, said the sannyasin, “but you must come and live as I do for a few days, that I may be able to prove what I say.” The king consented and followed the sannyasin out of his own territory and passed through many other countries until they came to a great kingdom. In the capital of that kingdom, a great ceremony was going on. The king and the sannyasin heard the noise of the drums and music, and heard also the criers; the people were assembled in the streets in gala dress, and a great proclamation made. The king and the sannyasin stood there to see what was going on. The crier was proclaiming loudly that the princess, daughter of the king of that country, was about to choose a husband from among those assembled before her.

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It was an old custom in India for princesses to choose husbands in this way. Each princess had certain ideas of the sort of man she wanted for a husband; some would have the most handsome man; others would only have the most learned; others again the richest, and so on. All the princess of neighborhood put on their bravest attire and presented themselves before her. Sometimes they too had their own criers to enumerate their advantages and the reasons why they hoped the princess would choose them. If she was not pleased with what she saw and heard, she said to her bearers, “Move on”, and no more notice was taken of the rejected suitors. If, however, the princess was pleased with any one of them, she threw a garland of flowers over him, and he became her husband.

The princess of the country to which our king and the sannyasin had come was having one of these interesting ceremonies. She was the most beautiful princess in the world, and the husband of the princess would be the ruler of the kingdom after her father’s death. The idea of this princess was to marry the most handsome man but, she could not find the right one to please her. Several times these meetings had taken place, but the princess could not select a husband. This meeting was splendid of all; more people than ever had come to it. The princess came in on a throne, and the bearers carried her from place to place. She did not seem to care for anyone, and everyone became disappointed that this meeting was also going to be a failure. Just then came a young man, a sannyasin, handsome as if the sun had come down to the earth, and stood one corner of the assembly watching what was going on. The throne with the princess came near him, and as soon as she saw the beautiful sannyasin, she stopped and threw the garland over him. The young sannyasin seized the garland and threw it off, exclaiming, what nonsense is this? I am a sannyasin. What is marriage to me? The king of that country thought that this man was poor and so dared not marry the princess, and said to him, “ With my daughter goes half my kingdom now, and the whole kingdom after my death!” and put the garland again on the sannyasin. The young man threw it off once more, saying, “Nonsense! I do not want to marry”, and walked quickly away from the assembly.

Now the princess had fallen so much in love with this young man that she said, “I must marry this man or I shall die”. And she went after him to bring him back. Then our other sannyasin, who had brought the king there, said to him, “king, and let us follow this pair”. So they followed him at a good distance behind. The young sannyasin who had refused to marry the princess walked out into the country for several miles. Then he came to a forest and entered into it, the princess followed them. Now, this sannyasin was very well acquainted with that forest and knew all the intricate paths in it. He suddenly entered into one of these and disappeared, and the princess could not discover him. After trying a long time to find him, she sat down under a tree and began to weep, for she did not know the way out. Then our king and the other sannyasin came up to her and said, “Do not weep; we will show you the way out of this forest, but it is too dark to find it now. Here is a big tree; let us rest under it, and in the morning we will go early and show the road.”

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Now a little bird and his wife and their three little ones lived in that tree in a nest. This little bird looked down and saw the three people under the tree and said to his wife, “My dear, what shall we do? Here are some guests in the house, and it is winter, and we have no fire.” So he flew away and got a bit of burning firewood in his beak and dropped it before the guests, to which they added fuel and made a blazing fire. But the little bird was not satisfied. He said again to his wife, “My dear what shall we do? There is nothing to give these people to eat, and they are hungry. We are householders; it is our duty to feed anyone who comes to the house. I must do what I can, I will give them my body.” So he plunged into the midst of the fire and perished. The guests saw him falling and tried to save him, but he was too quick for them.

The little bird’s wife saw what her husband did, and she said, “Here are three persons and only one little bird for them to eat. It is not enough; it is my duty as a wife not to let my husband’s effort go in vain; let them have my body also.” Then she fell into the fire and was burned to death.

Then the three baby-birds, when they saw what was done and there was still not enough food for the guests, said, “Our parents have done what they could and still it is not enough. It is our duty to carry on the work of our parents; let our bodies go too.” And they all dashed down into the fire also.

Amazed at what he saw, the three people could not, of course, eat these birds. They passed the night without food, and in the morning the king and the sannyasin showed the princess the way and she went back to her father.

Then the sannyasin said to the king, “King, you have seen that each is great in his own place. If you want to live in the world, live like those birds, ready at any moment to sacrifice yourself for others. If you want to renounce the world, be like the young sanyasi to whom the most beautiful woman and the kingdom were as nothing. If you want to be a householder, hold your life of renunciation; do not even look at beauty, and money, and power. Each is great in his own place, but the duty of the one is not the duty of the other.”

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The Ultimate power of Subconscious Mind

INTRODUCTION

First of all, you have to know that you have a hidden power within you. A power so remarkable that it can transform your life as you learn it how to use it. Many people are ignorant of it, and it is your subconscious mind.

Most of the people simply don’t know what the subconscious mind is or how it works. You may have believed that the subconscious mind is not real, it is something mysterious or even taboo. But in reality, it is an integral part of your mind. And the subconscious mind is immensely powerful. It is a hidden power as many of you are not aware of its presence. Actually, we can transform our lives from ordinary to awesome with the help of this power.

With the help of your subconscious mind, you can achieve your goals, inculcate good habits in your life, an abundance of wealth, become healthy, become faster, better and quicker. Above all, it can bring you true joy, happiness, and more success.

But you have to understand that you only have one mind. This single mind of you possesses two completely different functionalities that; the psychologists have given them two names: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.

Through this article, I will explain the subconscious mind and how it works, how you can transform your life with the help of it to create the life you desire to live.

 

What is the conscious Mind?

Let us understand what is the conscious mind, before discussing the power of your subconscious mind. No way I want to diminish the power of the conscious mind because it is a marvelous, spectacular machine. The conscious mind is the part of your mind which you are aware or conscious of. It is the logical portion of your mind which has the power to think logically, to analyze it, decision making etc. The conscious mind collects the memory of the past and learns from them to plan the future.

But the conscious mind has limitations. One is that it has a limited memory. We often forget the names of the people forget our keys and sometimes forget whether we have locked the door or not.

The second limitation of the conscious mind is that it can only do one thing at a time. It can’t do multi-tasking. You can’t read and listen to someone talking to you. You have to focus on either of the two.

 

The Subconscious mind:

The Subconscious mind is the portion of the mind that you are unaware of. The Subconscious mind is always on duty, it never sleeps. It’s like the internet which records every event happening to the earth in the cloud. It functions in the background of your mind constantly controlling the function of the body and mind. It runs the digesting system, breathing process even while asleep.

The Subconscious mind also remembers all the routine tasks that we learn with great effort with the help of our conscious mind. The classic example is when you learn to drive a car or a motorbike. At first, we have to do everything with the help of your conscious mind. You have to consciously learn to put your foot on clutch and brake at the same time. After again to slowly leave the clutch and put the foot on race and slowly press it to go forward. At the same time, you have to look towards the front and give signals whenever necessary.

So, at first, you have to consciously learn the moves. But once you went through the conscious learning process, neuro pathways are formed in your brain and gradually the Subconscious mind take over so that you don’t have to think about it consciously. And the driving becomes more of an automatic function.

Another example is that of typing on a keyboard which everyone does nowadays. At first, when you learn to type on a keyboard you are very slow and it is painstaking. But once the neuro pathways take over the conscious activities then you are able to type without looking at the keyboard.

The Subconscious mind remembers all these activities because you do them repetitively. Repetition is one of the keys to reprogramming the Subconscious mind. It is the emotional part of your mind and source of love, hatred, envy, anger etc. The Subconscious mind has unlimited memory. Everything from your born to till now is present in the memory of your subconscious mind. It includes everything you have seen, every voice you heard and every emotion you have ever experienced.

The Subconscious mind holds the deep-seeded beliefs about yourself, including whether you see yourself as talented or untalented, successful or unsuccessful, intelligent or unintelligent etc. These beliefs are the result of your experience in your life including the childhood days.

 

Reprogramming your Subconscious mind:

Reprogramming your Subconscious mind means to get rid of the negative beliefs, and replacing them with positive ones. But how do you do that?

The process is very simple but effective. You may not believe in it as you may think it won’t work. But I assure you that try it at least for six months and see the results. I can say that if done correctly, it can change your life bettering it. You can be able to achieve whatever you want in your life. The process is to develop a series of positive affirmations by utilizing the conscious mind to embed it in your Subconscious mind.

The first thing you have to do is to sit down on the table with a pad and a pen. Then you have to write down a series of affirmations that describes your life, “Exactly you want to be”. You can write everything from your finance, health, your lifestyle etc. Write the affirmations like so that you have already in possession of that thing or lifestyle.

Some examples might be: I am a successful writer

I own a successful business

I live in my dream house

I drive my dream car

I am a healthy person etc.

While writing the affirmations remember that they are in the present tense and they all are must be positive.

Now you have to embed these affirmations in your Subconscious mind through the process of repetition. Here is how to do this…

“Sit in a relaxed position by relaxing the body and the mind. Take a few deep breaths and release it and then focus on the affirmations in your hand. Visualize yourself already having achieved these goals and traits. Feel and see that you have acquired the qualities and you became the person you want to become. Repeat it twice a day at your convenience for at least six months.”

 

It is very critical to stick with the process of affirmations until it totally accepted by your Subconscious mind. Because the Subconscious mind can’t hold two competing beliefs at the same time i.e. it will believe that you are either intelligent or that you are unintelligent. It will not accept them both.

 

Conclusion: The changes may come dramatically while you are reprogramming your Subconscious mind. But often it comes gradually and slowly. But it will occur. And you will begin to believe that you are capable of achieving your goals, you will be the person you wish to become most important of all, and you will begin to take steps necessary to accomplish your goals.

An inspiring story of Lord Rama and a squirrel

When lord Rama was building a bridge with rocks to go to Lanka to resque Sita, his wife. The king of Lanka, Ravana has disguised as a beggar and kidnapped mother Sita.

The big powerful monkey soldiers of Sugrib along with hanuman were carrying rocks of thousand kilos and building the Setu or bridge. There was also a squirrel which is carrying small pebbles of hundred grams each. All the monkey soldiers laughed at the squirrel at his so little amount of contribution. But the squirrel did not bother and carried on.

At one moment Lord Rama noticed the squirrel which was laughed and make fun by the soldiers. He call the squirrel and patted its back. And he declared that , ” Every little contribution matters. The squirrel is doing more than the monkey soldiers were doing.” At this the soldiers were very surprised as they clearly carrying more weighted rocks for the bridge.

Then with a smile the Lord replied, ” Look, you soldiers can carry much more weight than you are now carrying which is only 30% of your capacity. But the squirrel can carry only fifty grams, he is carrying but hundred grams. 200% of his capacity. Then who is doing more work? And only with these small pebbles we can fill the gapes between the big rocks, so every contribution matters.”