A shot of Humility a day keeps Pride away…

Have you had days when you feel like you are on top of everything? When you can do absolutely nothing wrong? It’s a euphoric feeling. It feels like wisdom oozing from every pore of your being…..or so you think…:)

Well, yesterday was one of those days for me. The day started off with an incredible meditation session with my Guru Kamlesh D Patel and hundreds of other students at the serene Monroe Meditation Center.

There were a few tasks that needed my attention and I had addressed almost all of them….Some part of me was nagging me to watch my ego. Of course, I felt it was nothing much to be concerned about.

Right then my train of thought was interrupted….

An elderly lady standing next to me made a rather benign and simple request…”Can I share a story with you?” she said.

What a strange request….The ashram was teeming with people. I had work to take care of (while I was still in the zone). I was thinking if I could escape this request. She very gently mentioned “It won’t take long…just a couple of minutes, but I would like to share it with you…”

I was forced into politeness and agreement. I said “Sure…why not”.

Here goes the story:

There was once a man who had nothing much to do. It was a beautiful sunny day and he wanted to soak in the weather. As he ambled along, he saw a parapet wall. He perched on top of it. He had a book and a bag of peanuts. Soaking in the sun he ate the peanuts and read the book. It was quite a moment. 

From the corner of his eye, he noticed something interesting happening. As people walked by him, they were gently bowing and folding their hands. At first he dismissed it. 

But then, he saw that it was for real. As people walked by, they were actually folding their hands. He was surprised. Then he realised it must be the book. It was a book on Philosophy. A very deep and intense book by a great Master. He assumed it was for the book. 

As the day passed by , he had a thought “I have been reading this book for a while now. Maybe it’s changed me. People are seeing the change in me…” Thinking so, he coyly put the book aside. Assumed a meditative pose and continued sitting on the wall. He had his eyelids closed just enough to continue seeing the folks pass by . 

It continued…people bowing, saluting and some even prostrating. He felt he had arrived. All these years of trying to change had worked. It was now evening. He descended from the wall. He stood there for a moment. He was already making plans for tomorrow. 

May be I can pitch a tent here….May be even have  time for a discourse…thoughts just flooded his mind. 

As he was thinking a group of people were walking towards him. He got ready to bless them….however something interesting happened….

Instead of saluting him, they looked towards the wall and bowed in respect. He turned around. Behind the parapet wall was the temple of the Lord! 

She finished her story. Something shattered inside me. She walked away gracefully.

I walked away too. Humbled and recast.