Being in the Spiritual Path, you must know about the 2nd step too. I have shared with you the First Step Towards Spiritual Path last time. If you haven’t read it yet, then don’t miss it. This article is a continuation of the first one. It will help you to understand better. So, today I am going to tell you about the 2nd step that you have to take in this path.
Being in the Spiritual Path 2nd Step – How To Interact With The World?
How you are interacting with people in this world is very important to consider. For example, how do you interact with your little child and protect your child from harm at the cost of being too harsh sometimes, but your love for your child never decreases. In the same way, you must see others as your own child. Interact with them the same way. This is the second step while being in the Spiritual Path which will bring a great inner transformation in you if you practice it regularly.
Slowly start seeing everyone as your own being till you see all as a part of the divine or divine itself. Just serve everyone as if you have encountered the divine. It may seem to you as a very difficult task and this is because you have been living differently till now.
One more thing is that be careful at the same time. Do not let people take advantage of you and run over you. You must be aware of what you are doing and you must also know what are the intentions of the people you are interacting with. Don’t let them overpower you thus making you a puppet in their hands. You must be brave enough to be as your nature is and be your own master. Being in the Spiritual Path means working on knowing yourself, your real being.
You must have heard the story from the “Parables of Ramakrishna“.
Being In The Spiritual Path – Story From The “Parables of Ramakrishna”
The story goes like this:
Some cowherd boys used to tend their cows in a meadow where a terrible poisonous snake lived. Everyone was on the alert for fear of it. One day, a brahmachari was going along the meadow.
The boys ran to him and said; ‘Revered Sir, please don’t go that way. A venomous snake lives over there.’
‘What of it, my good children?‘ said the brahmachari. ‘I am not afraid of the snake. I know some mantras.’
So saying, he continued on his way along the meadow. But the cowherd boys being afraid did not accompany him. In the meantime, the snake moved swiftly towards him with upraised hood. As soon as it came near, he recited a mantra and the snake lay at his feet like an earthworm.
The brahmachari said: ‘Look here. Why do you go about doing harm? Come, I will give you a holy word. By repeating it you will learn to love God. Ultimately you will realize Him and so get rid of your violent nature.’
Saying this, he taught the snake a holy word and initiated him into spiritual life.
The snake bowed before the teacher and said, ‘Revered Sir, how shall I practise spiritual discipline?‘
‘Repeat that sacred word‘, said the teacher, ‘and do no harm to anybody.’
As he was about to depart, the brahmachari said, ‘I shall see you again.’
Some days passed and the cowherd boys noticed that the snake would not bite. They threw stones at it. Still it showed no anger; it behaved as if it were an earthworm. One day, one of the boys came close to it, caught it by the tail, and whirling it round and round, dashed it again and again on the ground and threw it away. The snake vomited blood and became unconscious. It was stunned. It could not move. So, thinking it dead, the boys went their way.
Late at night the snake regained consciousness. Slowly and with great difficulty it dragged itself into its hole; its bones were broken and it could scarcely move. Many days passed. The snake became a mere skeleton covered with a skin. Now and then, at night, it would come out in search of food. For fear of the boys, it would not leave its hole during the day-time. Since receiving the sacred word from the teacher, it had given up doing harm to others. It maintained its life on dirt, leaves, or the fruit that dropped from the trees.
About a year later, the brahmachari came that way again and asked for the snake. The cowherd boys told him that it was dead. But he couldn’t believe them. He knew that the snake would not die before attaining the fruit of the holy word with which it had been initiated. He found his way to the place and searching here and there, called it by the name he had given it. Hearing the teacher’s voice, it came out of its hole and bowed before him with great reverence.
‘How are you?‘ asked the brahmachari.
‘I am well, sir‘, replied the snake.
‘But‘, the teacher asked, ‘why are you so thin?‘
The snake replied: ‘Revered Sir, you ordered me not to harm anybody. So, I have been living only on leaves and fruits. Perhaps that has made me thinner.’
The snake had developed the quality of sattva; it could not be angry with anyone. It had totally forgotten that the cowherd boys had almost killed it.
The brahmachari said: ‘It can’t be mere want of food that has reduced you to this state. There must be some other reason. Think a little.’
Then, the snake remembered that the boys had dashed it against the ground.
It said: ‘Yes, Revered Sir, now I remember. The boys, one day, dashed me violently against the ground. They are ignorant, after all. They didn’t realize what a great change had come over my mind. How could they know I wouldn’t bite or harm anyone?‘
The brahmachari exclaimed: ‘What a shame! You are such a fool! You don’t know how to protect yourself. I asked you not to bite, but I didn’t forbid you to hiss. Why didn’t you scare them by hissing?‘
This story taught us that in being in the Spiritual Path doesn’t mean tolerating everything rather learn the art of acceptance, understand, be brave and do everything rightly.
Being In The Spiritual Path – Conclusion
Being in the spiritual path makes you become stronger. A man living in the society should make a show of tamas to protect himself from evil-minded people but he should not harm anybody in anticipation of harm likely to be done by him. In your mind and heart, there must be no discrimination even if the particular person is on the wrong path. Never leave the person, best is leave his wrong deeds.
It is impossible and the most difficult to see your enemies as divine but this is the real test. You have to become like a child free from all judgment.
You will ask me how?
It sounds good!!!…but is it practically possible? Can anyone achieve that? What about my image, my righteousness, my pain, suffering, loss?
How do I forget all that?
Then, we are living in our own small world. You will always find something not right. Your ego will yell from the top of the mountain that you are right but no one understands that. There is no such thing as the right thing. Everyone is right in their own way. Accept this. This is how the world is. this is the work you have to do on yourself.
It is easier said than done but believe me, there is no way out. This is by far the easiest. The sooner, you understand and accept it, the best it is for your Spiritual Growth. It is difficult. At least, start. Slowly, one step at a time and experience it yourself, how the Universe floods you with its love.
So, the choice is yours. You choose love or ego.
What is most important is your intention. You cannot be smiling and forgiving on the outside while inside you are harbouring all kinds of unpleasant emotions and thoughts. If so, then all your efforts are wasted. In your mind and heart, you should be pure. Slowly slowly, become peaceful and pure from inside. Let go of all, forgive everything. It is in your interest.
Love will set you free.
Slowly, the world and its people will become like you. You have to set an example. To be in this world is like to be in the filth. Be like the lotus. Beautiful, unaffected by the mud beneath.
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