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WILL AND WISH

 

Bhau Kalchuri

At the time of Prophet Muhammad, people were very illiterate and if someone in the village knew how to sign his name he would be considered to be very learned and the whole village would be considered the head of the village.

Prophet Muhammad would tell the people that everything happens according th Divine Will. So one day one person from the village went to see Prophet Muhammad and he saw some people sitting near him and the Prophet was telling people that everything happens according to the Divine Will. When villagers returned to his village He told the Village Headman, “Sir, today I had gone to see Prophet Muhammad and he was telling the people that everything happens according to Divine Will.  Is it a fact?

And the Village headman said, “No, it is not a fact. When I feel hungry, I eat. No body can stop me and if don’t want to eat, I won’t. It is my will, my free will. Whatever Prophet Muhammad is telling is wrong.

So  the villager told Village Headman, “Why  don’t you go and tell Prophet Muhammad? Everyone listens to him without raising an objection. You are clever and when you ask such questions Prophet Muhammad will stop repeating such things.

So the Village Headman said, “I will go see Prophet Muhammad.”

Prophet Muhammad was sitting with the people and the Village Headman goes to see him and said, “May I ask one question?”

And prophet Mohammaed very lovingly said, “Yes, yes, ask. What do you want?”

And the Village Headman said, “I have heard that you are saying that everything happens according to Divine Will.”

And Prophet Mohammed said, “Yes, it is a fact. Everything happens according to the Divine Will.

And the Village headman said, “I am not going to accept this. I am very learned. Do not think that I am illiterate like other people. Whatever I want to do, I do. Whatever I don’t want to do I don’t do. When I want to eat I eat. And when I don’t want to eat I don’t eat. I don’t. This is my free will. Where is your Divine Will?”

And Prophet Mohammed said, “Yes whatever you say the Divine Will is also there.”

And the Village headman said, “Prophet Mohammed you have not been telling the truth.  You are making the people timid. I can do anything according to my free will. I am brave.  And whatever I say is also correct. Whatever happens for me is according to my free will and not according to the Divine Will.

Prophet Mohammed   said. “Everything happens according to Divine Will and whatever you are saying is also according to Divine Will.”

Then the Village Headman said to Prophet Mohammed, “You have to prove it.”

And Prophet Mohammed said, “I will prove it. All right stand up.” And the Villager Headman stood up.  Prophet Mohammed was looking, ignoring the Village Headman until he got angry and said to Prophet Mohammed, “Why don’t you reply. Why do you ignore me? All you are doing is looking around.  This means that you don’t know and accept what I say.”

And Prophet Mohammed said, “you are very, very impatient. I am replying to your question and it appears you are in haste. All right, lift one of your legs. And the Village Headman lifted one leg. And again Prophet Mohammed continued to kook from side to side completely ignoring him.

This time the Village Headman could not bear it and said,”I know Prophet Mohammed you cannot reply to my question. You just ignore me. Just accept that whatever one does is according to one’s free will.”

And Prophet Mohammed smiled and said, “Young man you are really impatient. All right now lift your second leg.”

And the village head man said, “Lift the other leg. What do you want to say. If lift the other leg I will fall down.”

Ans Prophet Mohammed said, You wanted an explanation about free will and I have given it to you. You think yourself as very learned but you did not understand.”

And the Village Headman said,” You can deceive others but you cannot deceive me. You made me exercise and you say that you have explained freewill to me.

And the Prophet Mohammed smiled and said, “Young man, I have explained  it all to you but you could not understand. All right I explain it again to you. When I asked you to stand up, you were able to stand up. I say to you that both of your legs are under the Divine will. But you do not believe me. When I asked you to lift one of your legs, you did so thinking that you were able to because of your freewill. But look now at your free will you could not move. even you tried how much could you move? this shows the extent of what you think your free will is. But when I asked you to lift the other leg you could not do so at all. And you became useless. So you see your own free will of lifting your leg made you useless. Really speaking, there is free will it is only product of your intellect. Now I will tell you not to become useless. Follow the Divine Wish, one day you will know the divine Will. Actually everything happens according to Dine Will. And if you think free will is there, it makes you useless.

Gist:

In Bhau’s words:

Avatar Meher Baba has said that the Divine wish changes age after age when the Prophet, Avatar comes down earth. He gives a fresh wish according to the situation of humanity    

(Spiritual training programme –Bhau Kalchuri ed. 2005 pp-149-152)

 

 

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WHY I SAY THIS WAS NO SACRIFICE

 

Eruch Jessawala

It seems that after the battle of Kurukshetra, the five Pandava brothers performed a great sacrifice and made very large gifts to the poor. All people expressed amazement at the greatness and richness of the sacrifice and said that such a sacrifice the world had never seen before.

After the ceremony, there came a little mongoose. Half his body was golden, the other half brown, and he began to roll on the floor of the sacrificial hall. He said to those around, "You are all liars; this was no sacrifice."

"What!" they exclaimed. "You say this was no sacrifice! Do you know how much money and how many jewels were poured out to the poor? Everyone became rich and happy. This was the most wonderful sacrifice any man ever performed."

But the mongoose said, "There was once a little village and in it there dwelt a poor Brahman with his wife, his son, and his son's wife. They were very poor and lived on small gifts made to them for preaching and teaching. There came in that land a three-year famine, and the poor Brahmin suffered more than ever. At last, when the family had starved for days, the father brought home one morning a little barley flour which he had been fortunate enough to obtain. He divided it into four parts, one for each member of the family. They prepared it for their meal and, just as they were about to eat, there was a knock at the door.

"The father opened it and there stood a guest." Now, in India a guest is a sacred person; he is as a god for the time being, and must be treated as such. "So the poor Brahmin said, 'Come in, sir, you are welcome.' He set before the guest his own portion of food, which the guest quickly ate. But instead of expressing thanks, the guest said, 'Oh sir, you have killed me. I have been starving for ten days and this tiny morsel of food has only increased my hunger.'

"Then the wife said to her husband, 'Give him my share,' but the husband said, 'No.' The wife, however, insisted, saying, 'Here is a poor man. It is our duty as householders to see that he is fed, and it is my duty as a wife to share with you your obligations. You have no more to offer him, so it is my duty to now offer my portion.' And so saying she gave her share to the guest, who hungrily devoured it.

"'I am still burning with hunger,' the guest complained after eating the wife's portion, so the son said, 'Take my portion also. It is the duty of a son to help his father to fulfill his obligations.' The guest ate the son's portion also but was still not satisfied. The son's wife then offered her share, and the guest ate this as well and, at last, felt satisfied. Blessing the family, the guest left the house.

"That night, all four in the family died of starvation. A few specks of the barley flour had fallen on the floor, and when I rolled my body on them, half of it became golden as you see. Since then I have been traveling all over the world, hoping to find another sacrifice like that, but nowhere have I found one. Nowhere else has the other half of my body been turned into gold. This is why I say this was no sacrifice."

Gist:

Sacrifice may be of many degrees. It much depends on as how much one can give his happiness and own the suffering of others.

(That's how it was, pp. 278-280, 1995 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

 

 

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THEN WORK LEFT ME

 

Bill Le Page

Or the story of the great Sufi Master who even after taking the vows of discipleship continued his trade of blacksmithing.

Then one day whilst listening to a blind man reciting The Koran outside his shop, he became so absorbed that he put his hand into the fire without using the pincers and drew out a red-hot piece of iron. Seeing this, his apprentice fainted.

But when the Master came out of his state of ecstasy he left the shop forever, saying, "I left work and returned to it; then work left me and I never returned to it again. It is only God Who in His providence gives and takes away."

Gist:

A soul on subtle plane remains unaffected from adversities of the gross plane as subtle plane superimposes over gross plane.

 

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THE YOUNG SUFI'S LOVE FOR GOD

 

Bill Le Page

Three young Sufis were condemned to death by the Sultan for heresy. One stepped forward, asking to be beheaded first. The Sultan was amazed, and asked why a man in the prime of life should seek death so eagerly.

The Sufi replied that every moment in life is precious because it can be spent in remembrance of the Beloved, and he wished to give his brothers the extra moments of life by dying first. "One moment of this world is better than a thousand years of the next world, because this is the place of service and that is the place of proximity, and proximity is gained by service."

The Sultan was so impressed by the young Sufi's love for God that he pardoned all three and said, "Ask a boon."

They replied, "The only boon we ask of you is that you should forget us, and neither make us your favourites nor banish us from your court, for your favour and displeasure are alike to us."

The Sultan wept, and dismissed them with honour.

Gist:

Remembrance of God while carrying duties in the world is most desirable and it can lead one on the path of spirituality.

(The turning of the key, pp. 153-154, 1993 © Bill Le Page)

 

 

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THE WOODCUTTER

 

Sam Kerawala

There was a poor woodcutter who earned his livelihood by gathering firewood in the forest and selling it in the market. Because of his constant work in the forest, in course of time he became friendly with a monkey. They would both share woodcutter’s food of chapatti and vegetables, and in return the monkey would share with him fruits of the forest. This continued over a time, and both were very happy in their friendship. Then one day the woodcutter found in the forest a beautiful diamond bracelet, and thinking it could be valuable, he went immediately to the city, and finding a jeweller, he was paid a fantastic price for it. Overnight he had become a very wealthy man, and built a huge home and garden with all manner of luxuries and naturally no longer went to forest to cut wood.

Some months passed, and his friend the monkey came to him saying, “Friend, why don’t you come to forest and be with me anymore?” “I am sorry but I have no need to come. I am now very rich man.” The monkey wept on hearing this, and said, “You were the only friend I had in the forest. Now I am alone, without shelter, and often without food you brought with you, I have so little to eat. I am starving.” This touched the heart of the simple man, and taking the monkey with him to a lawyer, he transferred the entire estate to the monkey.

Overnight he became again a poor man, and the monkey very rich. So the woodcutter returned to the forest to begin with his old profession. After some months he noticed that the monkey no longer come to join him. So he went to him in his great home, and asked, “friend, what is wrong? You no longer come to the forest to be with me.” The monkey raised his snout and replied, “I never associate with fools.”

Gist:

The disciple has to be innocent like a child

(The divine humanity vol. III Bill Le Page, III, pp-137

 

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THE WASHER WOMEN’S SON AND HIS LOVE

 

Ghani Munsiff

Once the Perfect Master Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya was attending a musical concert and singers were giving a feast of songs on Divine Love. At the height of performance the Master developed an ecstatic mood, and waving his handkerchief aloft he cried, “Alas, I have not equalled the washerwomen’s son in this respect.

The disciples and attendants around the Master, out of respect for him, did not ask about his exclamation. But a few days later the great disciple Amir Khushru had opportunity to tackle him on the matter. Master related this story in reply:

A washerwoman’s son, doing laundry work for royal household, fell deeply in love with the princess without having seen her physically. The youth would pass his days in dreaming of her celestial beauty, and his sole occupation became one of the washing and ironing her clothes in all manner of artistic and loving care.

For some time the youth continued to hold this love for the princess in street, and the world had no inkling of the agonies of separation he was suffering in her innermost heart. But his health in consequence began to deteriorate, and eventually his mother came to know the real cause of it. She was greatly frightened; this love of a menial for a royal princess could be a matter of life and death.  It could not in any form be confessed, nor could it be suppressed if the youth’s health was to improve. The washerwomen therefore finally decided upon a trick which she hoped would succeed in wearing her son’s love for the princess.

One day after returning from the palace wailing and crying and with beating of head symbolic of great distress, she told her son the sorrowful news that the princess had died. The young man paused for a moment in silent grief, and then with a painful cry dropped down dead.  Imagine the thought and feeling of the poor mother! She never dreamt that her action, meant   for the best, would produce such result. But she could not share the secret of her son’s death with anyone, and so continued to suffer greatly alone.

One day on her usual visit with laundry to the royal   household, the princess very carefully remarked to her, “Oh, woman, of late I find your washing not very neat and tidy, it does not smell of love as usual. At this washerwomen could not control her hidden grief any longer; she wept and related her whole story. The princess heard the sorrowful tale very gravely, and requested women to her place where the silent lover lay buried. So one night the princess stealthily slipped out of palace accompanied with washerwomen. When she beheld the grave, the young man’s kindled her own latent flame and miraculously the grave opened and the princess interned herself alive.

The king was shocked at the news, and ordered that grave be opened to be sure of the real facts. It was so. The king and his courtiers saw the two lovers fused as it were, into one body with only heads entirely separate. The king ordered the grave to be closed again and said, “Thus the Divine Love joined them, and we should not disturb them any way.”

After recounting this tale, Master remarked, “It is this type and quality of love which brings about the sate of Divine Union.”

Gist:

Love at subtle plane need no physical contact. Love for God from Gross plane to mental plane varies in degrees and ends in Divine Union.

(Over the years with Meher Baba, Bill Le Page, ed. 1999, pp-123)

 

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THE VISION WAS GRANTED

 

Dr. Abdul Ghani

There lived a saint Syed Hasan Rasul-mema who was well-known as an adept in giving spiritual aspirants a vision of the Prophet Mohammed. His wife once requested him to give her, too, such a vision. The saint agreed and asked her to prepare herself by bathing and adorning herself with beautiful garments and jewellery as befitting a bridal occasion. The wife was delighted and busied herself accordingly.

In the meanwhile, her brother came to the house and the saint said to him: "Go and see what your sister is doing. Is it befitting her age that she occupies herself thus? I have become old now and indifferent to such enticements. Is she thinking of marrying again?"

The brother was shocked to find his sister in fact dressed like a bride and taunted her: "Are you in your proper senses? What is the meaning of making yourself up as a bride at your age? You must be surely mad. Or perhaps your husband is right and you are thinking of a second marriage."

The saint's wife crumpled up completely at being made to look such a fool, and in a fit of anger and intense disappointment, she shattered her bangles, tore her clothes and burst into uncontrollable tears and wails. After a time, she became exhausted and fell into sleep; and in that sleep she had a vision of the Prophet Mohammed.

She woke very cheerful and happy, and told her husband of the experience. But she asked him why he had treated her as he did. He replied: "You had pride in your heart. You never really believed that I was capable of giving to anyone a vision of the Prophet. In the situation I created, you were humiliated, and as soon as that occurred, the vision was granted. In the same way the aspirant never achieves the Goal as long as the ego is active within him in any form."

Gist:

God (Avatar or Sadguru) adopt many ways to draw His disciples towards Him. They make use of maya itself to distract His disciples away from Maya. 

(It so happened, ed. William Le Page, pp. 96-97, 1978 © Meher Baba Foundation)

 

 

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THE STORY OF KING JANAK AND SEEKER

 

Bhau Kalchuri

Janak was a king, but a God-realized one.  Though he was a king, he did not have thoughts of detachment or attachment.  He had the experience of his Godhood.

"There once was a seeker roaming about for a long time.  He spent twelve years going from one place to another.  He did not stay in one spot.  He would beg for food, he would meditate, and he would do all types of spiritual practices.

"One day, he was sitting under a tree to take rest.  An old man was also sitting under that tree.  He asked the seeker, 'Where do you come from?'

"This young man said, 'I am a seeker of God.  I don't have any home.  I do not stay in one place, just move about here and there.  So how can I tell you where I have come from?'

"'What else do you do?' the old man asked.

"'I meditate.  I beg for my food, and I do many spiritual practices.'

"'How long have you been doing all this?'

"'For the last twelve years,' the young man replied.

"Then the old man asked, 'Did you find God?'

"'Not yet.'

"Have you received any experience of God?'

"'No, no experience.  But I will definitely get it.  Because I am doing this for God,' answered the young seeker.

"'Do you really want God?' the old man asked.

"'That's why I am doing this.  I have nothing to do with the world.  I am completely detached from the world.'

"'If you want God, I can tell you whom you should approach.  And I know definitely that you will get God.'

"The young man was very curious.  He said, 'Yes, please tell me.  I want God!

"'There is one place called Nepal,' said the old man.  'A man who knows God lives there.  His name is Janak.  If you go to him, I am sure that he will give you God.  Because you want Him.'

The old man gave the young man the address, and the young man went there.

"What does he find?

"There was a big palace, with guards standing at the gate.  The seeker was amazed.  The old man had mentioned the name 'Janak' but had not said that Janak was a king.  The seeker asked the guards, 'Is Janak here?'

At first, the guards did not say anything, but then they answered, 'Yes.'

"The young man said, 'I want to see him.'

"The guards replied, 'Without Janak's permission, you cannot see him.  So we will give him a message from you.  If the king wants to see you, then, of course, we'll let you know and take you to him."

"As soon he heard the name of the king, the seeker's mind started working.  'Here I am.  I just roam about here and there seeking God.  And this man is a king.  How can he give me God?  That old man deceived me.'

"Anyway, he told the guard, 'Yes, I want to see him.'

"The guard went and told Janak.  When the guard returned, he said to the young man, 'The king wants to see you.  Come with me.'

"The young man went along with the guard.  He saw the king sitting on a throne, surrounded by all sorts of comforts.  He was thinking, 'Now I have been misguided.'

"Janak asked the young man to sit on a luxurious chair, and asked, 'What do you want?'

"'I want God,' the man replied.

"'I can give you God.  But you have to obey my instructions.'

"'If you give me God, I will obey everything.'

"Janak said, 'You have come a long way.  You are tired.  So I want you to take rest for three days.  Then I will tell you what you have to do.'

"The young man said, 'I am not tired.  I just go on walking from one place to another.  So please give me an order.  What do you want?'

"'You said to me that you would obey my order.  But now when I gave you an order, you say that you are not tired!' the king replied.  'This is not obedience.  This is what you want; not what I want.'

"The young man could not say anything.  He was taken into a room furnished with all sorts of comforts.  He had a sitting room, a bedroom.  The rooms were decorated; different pictures were on the walls.  He was thinking, 'How can I get God here?  To find God, one has to observe fasts and silence, do meditation, beg for one's food.  Here everything is luxury and nothing but.'

"Then his food came, many dishes, and the young man thought, 'Definitely, I cannot get God here.  I must go out of this place.  But how?  Everywhere there are guards.  Now I am in trouble.  What to do?'

"Though he ate, his mind was working.  He had not seen any dishes like these at any time during his life.  He was from a poor family; he would beg for food.  It was too much for him and also too embarrassing.

"Afterwards, he was taking rest, but his mind was working:  How to get out of this palace?  He was preparing a plan.  How to escape?

"And what does he find?

"The ceiling of the room was coming down and down.  He thought that if he slept, the ceiling might fall down, and he would die.  So he could not sleep at all.  All the time, he was observing the ceiling gradually coming down and down.  Then, the next morning, he was given a nice breakfast, but he could not eat.  He was very restless, surrounded by so many thoughts.

"King Janak called him and asked, 'Did you sleep last night?'

"'Not at all.'

"'Was the bed not good?' the king asked.  "Or the food?'

The man said, 'Such a bed I have never seen in my life.  It was so comfortable.  I never ate such food in my life; it was delicious.'

"'Then why did you not sleep?' the king asked.

"'My mind was full of thoughts -- that for God one has to follow all types of austerities, but here I find all luxury.  Then I saw the ceiling coming down and down.  I thought that if I slept, I would die, because the ceiling would fall down.  So I could not sleep.'

"Janak asked, 'Do you know what spiritual life is?  The spiritual life is not just simply to beg for food, walk long distances, follow all austerities.  These have no meaning.  You were scared because you saw the ceiling coming down and down.  It shows that you have attachment to the world.  Had you remained detached, you would not have felt fear.  Here you see me.  I am a king.  I am ruling over the country, but I am always detached.  Therefore, what is spirituality?

"'Spirituality is complete detachment from the world, from desires, from temptation and from all wants and expectations.  I have no attachment to anything, and I am always happy because I am not attached.  I do my duty in the form of a king.  But I am not bound.  If good food is served, or bad food, it is just the same to me.  Now you are thinking about spirituality, and you make distinctions about good food and bad food.  You make distinctions between comfort and discomfort.  This is the play of your mind.  As long as your mind is there, you have thoughts, you have desires, you have attachments.  When you think of detachment, you remain attached with your negative thoughts.  As long you have attachments, you are not free.'

"Then the young man understood, and then he said, 'Now I understand.  Give me your order.'

"The king said, 'Still you have to roam about, because you are not free from your attachment to detachment.  Go and beg for food and do meditation for a further twelve years.  Then you come to me.  I will give you God-Realization'

"'I will obey your order one hundred percent, and according to it, I will return after twelve years,' replied the seeker.

"Again, the young man went out and started roaming.  He would get many thoughts and counter-thoughts.  Actually, he was spending the bindings of attachment and detachment which are created through the mind -- desires, wants, temptations, etc.  After twelve years, the young man again went to King Janak.  Because he was ready for it, the king gave the seeker God-Realization in a moment.

Gist:

In words of Bhauji

Detachment is freedom from desires and wants.  You must have observed a cashier in a bank.  He deals with money during his duty hours.  But when he goes home, does he think about money?  He does not.  Thinking about money, of course, is very natural when he is at work.  He is very careful about it and keeps a proper account of everything.  When he goes home, he forgets about money.  He does not remember it.  He remains detached, because he knows that it is the bank's money, not his.  So also, if you do any duty, know well that you are doing it for Me.  When you are doing it for Me, you will remain detached.  Everything belongs to Me, so do not think that it belongs to you.

"It is very difficult to obtain detachment.  If you just take the negative side, that nothing belongs to you, and you meditate that nothing belongs to you, this meditation comes to you through your mind.  And the mind is the thing that keeps you attached to everything.  The mind should become completely empty of impressions, only then will you be completely detached from everything.  The mind itself allows you to go on repeating that things do not belong to you.  You feel that you are advancing.  But you are not advancing, you are bound.

"When you are free from impressions, you think about neither attachment nor detachment.  You enjoy full freedom.  Never think that if you just have negative thoughts, you will become detached from anything.  You are still attached, but in a negative form.

 

 

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THE STORY OF KALYAN

 

Bhau Kalchuri

There once was a perfect master named Swami Ramdas, who had a lover named Kalyan.  Ramdas loved Kalyan very much.  Though Kalyan was very obedient, he was not in the circle of the master.  One day, Swami Ramdas said to his circle members, "It is dark.  Bring a lamp."

His circle members laughed.  "Master, it is daylight.  There is no darkness.  What would we do with a lamp?"

The master took that in, and afterwards, he called Kalyan.  "There is darkness everywhere.  Don't you see?  Bring a lamp."

Without saying anything, Kalyan immediately brought a lamp.  The circle members were very ashamed of not obeying the master as did Kalyan.  Kalyan not only brought the lamp, but when the master said, "Don't you see?  It is dark.  Why don't you bring the lamp?" Kalyan thought it was dark and brought the lamp immediately.

And another example …

Swami Ramdas came to his circle one day, a bandage around his knee.  "Oh, there is terrible pain in my knee," he said.  "I cannot bear it.  It is really unbearable."

The members asked, "What should we do to make you free from this pain?"

And the master replied, "Pus in my knee joint is causing me terrible pain.  There is only one cure.  If anyone sucks out the pus, I will be all right.  But whoever does so will die."

Since Ramdas had given his circle members a choice, they were hesitant.  Had it been an order, they would have done it to please their master.  The master's pleasure is everything, and to seek it is the aim of life.

When Kalyan came, the master repeated, "My knee joint is full of pus.  I cannot bear the pain.  If anyone sucks out the pus, I will be all right.  But whoever does so will die."

Without any hesitation, Kalyan sucked out the pus.

But it was not pus.

Ramdas had hidden a mango inside the bandage, and Kalyan enjoyed the juice of the mango as he was sucking.

Kalyan was seeking the pleasure of the master. And that is a great thing.

Gist:

A disciple is supposed to have such a degree of faith that if Master says it is night the disciple must sees no light but darkness even in day time. That was the degree of faith of Kalyan. 

 

 

 

 

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THE STORY OF BALKIMI

 

Eruch Jessawala

Balmiki was a dacoit, He robbed and killed people and that’s how he made his living.  This was his profession and why did he do all this? Well, he had a family to feed and this was the only profession he knew. He had killed several people like this. One day, a Perfect Master happened to pass his way. He caught the Perfect Master with intention of killing him. The Master asked, “Why do you do all this? What’s the reason?

Balmiki replied, “I have a family to feed and money that I earn goes towards supporting them. This is the only way I know.”

The Master said, “Killing and robbing is a sin. Will your family share your burden of your sin?”

Balmiki said, “Of course they will. After all, I am doing for them.”

“Have you asked them, “The Master asked?

Balmiki said, “No, But I am sure they will support me, they are my family.”

“Go and ask them, “The Master insisted “and make sure they will share the sin with you.”

“I know, “Balmiki said, “When I go to ask them, you will run away. You are only trying to trick me.”

The Master calmly assured him, “I won’t run away, if you do not trust me, then tie me up.

“This made a sense to Balmiki who proceeded to tie up the Master then went back to his family. He told his wife and children about his profession and how he earned the money that he gave to them. Finally, he asked them if they would share in his sin. When his all family members refused to share his sin, he was shocked and overwhelmed by the burden of his sins. He went back to the Master and asked for forgiveness. He pleaded with the Master to show him a way for his salvation as he was ready to undertake any kind of penance for his sins.

The Master told him to sit at one spot and not move from it, no matter what happened, and repeat the name of God, to repeat, “Rama, Rama.”

This was before Rama’s birth. Ram was one of the God’s names as given in the scriptures and the Master asked him to repeat the name of God-Rama. Balmiki said, “I will not repeat the name of God.” So the Master said, “All right, then say, Mara, Mara.”

“Balmiki agreed to this. Being a dacoit, he had killed so many people that he did not mind repeating it.  So he sat on one spot for years and kept repeating, Mara, Mara.”

Over time the “ma ra” became “ra ma” and without knowing it, Balmiki was saying “Rama, Rama.”

He kept repeating the name for years, sitting at one spot and he got God-realization.

Gist:

There is power in God’s name.  Even one repeats God's name mechanically he will reap the benefit of unburdening of sanskaras.  To achieve the goal of realization one's effort and longing has to be sincere.

(Real treasure by Rustom B. Falahati, ed. 2008- Vol-2 p-116 )