Monday, January 16, 2017

The Boy and the Inheritance

From a satsang by Gautam Baiji ~

Once we realize the value of things, we give them their proper respect.

What is the value of family? Once you know that, then you start tolerating things. Sometimes kids tell you things you don't like. What do you do? You don't kick them out of the house. You tolerate it because you know the kids don't have that kind of understanding yet.

Once they reach a level where they can understand, then we can tell them. In the meantime, what do you do? You stay patient.

This power to tolerate comes from within - meditation gives you the power. Once you start doing meditation, you know what something is worth.

So when someone is not acting appropriately, it  becomes our duty to help them understand.

A true guru will say, "I am the servant of the ignorant people."

But know that if you directly say to someone, "Oh, you are wasting your time," what happens? What will the person do?

He will speak angrily with you. Why? Because he might think that this is his devotion, even though you can clearly see his actions are counterproductive.

Once there was a man who had accumulated a lot of gold objects when he passed away. His son inherited a heavy box of valuables and took it to his uncle.

"Can you sell this Uncle? I need the money."

The uncle looked at the items and quickly saw that some were real and some were fake. He wouldn't get the money he thought he could get.

But he knew if he told the boy this, he would think he was lying and trying to make money for himself by selling them later.

Instead, he said, "If you really need money, come work for me. I will teach you the business. In the future, when you really need money, then you can sell them for cash. But for now I will pay you enough money to live on."

So the boy came to work for him and every day the uncle taught him how to tell what real gold is, what a real diamond looks like, and slowly the boy learned.

Finally, when the uncle thought he could recognize what's real and what's not, he said, "Go get your box of valuables. Gold is getting a good price now, so you can sell yours for a good profit."

When the boy opened the box and examined the pieces, he finally saw what his uncle had seen. More than half of the coins and valuables were fake.

"Most of these are worthless!" the boy said.

"I knew that, but I felt you had to realize it for yourself, so I taught you."

"Good teachers are those who tell you where to look, but not what to see."