Hindu education starts with beautiful context.
“Let both of us be together and protected.
Let us not hurt each other.
Let us not cherish enmity towards each other.
Let us not cherish anger towards each other”.
This mantra means…the Guru and the disciple both of them pray to existence,the Parashakti or God, or whatever, the higher Shakti, let us help each other. Both of us are going to help each other. So if we come to a proper time, if we are punctual, we are showing our respect to each other. All of us leaving all our duties gather here; to get help by each other. Even a single person missing here will be something less
ॐ सह नाववतु |
सह नौ भुनक्तु |
सह वीर्यं करवावहै |
तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
Come with a simple, sincere mind. Don’t be serious.
Come simply in a relaxed way. Come with an open mind.
A beautiful tale. There is a great Japanese Zen Guru. There is a great Zen master, a Zen monk, who is Enlightened. One person came. He is a governor. He came to see the Zen monk. You can call him Socrates. The Japanese governor’s name.
When the governor came to meet the Enlightened master, to meet the swami, he sent a slip. The governor sent a slip, Socrates, the governor of Japan. and told the swami, please show it to your Master. I want to meet him. When the chit was brought to the master, he took the chit, and Zen master was so shocked.
When they use some words, they use ugly words. When they try to break somebody’s head they use ugly words. He took the slip and told I have no business with this idiot and sent the slip away. Sent the slip back. The slip came back to the governor. The governor, a very intelligent man. But an intelligent man, he immediately brought the slip back, and erased the word, governor of Japan. He erased the word governor of Japan and then sent the same slip again. In that slip only Socrates was written. When the slip again came to the Master, he saw the slip and told, ‘Oh, Socrates, call him, I am waiting for him.’
Just see the story. It means, these posts, these powers, these outer material wealth, outer world designations, if you hold behind or in front our names are just labels. So whatever may be your posts, power, position, or whatever is your status, just keep all those things outside and come inside with a simple mind. With an innocent mind. When you are innocent, you will be able to pick up so many things. In all that, whatever you have read, whatever you have heard, whatever your position, whatever is your status, all your mind, all your thoughts just keep it outside and come in.
Neither listen with doubt, nor listen with faith. Don’t have doubt or faith. Listen with trust. It means, If you listen with doubt, you will forget. It will not be able to, the words will not be able to go inside. You will just be here and waste your time. If you listen with belief, you will listen. There is nothing wrong. But you will not practise. The so called believers are the people who will be afraid of the whole world, but not doing anything.
Trust means the energy, the ability to translate teachings into practical life. Listen as you listen to hypotheses. When you listen, just keep it as a hypothesis and see whether it works out or not in your life. And widely practise it.