Bondage of ignorance
Bondage of ignorance
Once upon a time a Guru said to his disciple - "The world is delusion. Come away with me."
"But revered sir." said the disciple, "my family members - my father, my mother,
my wife - love me so much. How can I give them up?" The guru said - "No doubt
you now have this feeling of 'I' and 'mine' and are saying that they love you; but this
is all an illusion of your mind. I shall teach you a trick, and you will know
whether they love you truly or not." Saying thus, the teacher gave the
disciple a magic pill and said - "Swallow this at home. You will appear to be a
dead, but you will not lose consciousness. You will see everything and hear
everything. Then I shall come to your house and gradually you will regain your
The disciple followed the teacher's instructions and lay on his bed like a
dead person. The house was filled with grief. His mother, his wife, and
the other lay on the ground weeping bitterly. Just then the Guru entered entered
the house and said to them - "What is the matter with you?" "This boy is dead."
came the reply. The Guru felt the pulse of his body and said - "No, he is not
dead. I have a medicine that will cure him completely." The joy of the relatives
was unbounded; it seemed to them that heaven itself has come down into their
house. "But", continued the Guru, "I must tell you something
before I proceed. Another person
must take some of this medicine first, and then the boy must swallow the rest.
The body will be alive but the other person will die. I see he has so many dear relatives here, one of
them will certainly agree to take the medicine. I see his wife and mother crying
bitterly. Surely they will not hesitate to take it."
At once the weeping stopped and all sat quiet. The mother said - "Well, this
is a big family. If I die; then who will look after the family?" She fell
into a reflective mood. The wife, who had been crying a minute before and
bemoaning her ill luck said - "Well, he has gone the way of mortals. I have
these two young children to look after. Who will look after them if I die?"
The disciple saw everything and heard everything. He stood up at once and
said to the teacher - "Let us go master. I will follow you."