Archive for August 17th, 2010

Date: 16 Aug 2010 22:41:08 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dog Analogy is Right One….


“Sukhe ele na’ko, shoke sa’ntvana’ dite ele…” (PS 3091)


Baba, when I was feeling happy and content that time You did not come.
Those days I was so enamoured with myself and I was so involved in my
own glory that I did not even think to call You. So You did not come.
But when I lost all that happiness and when I become drowned in my
sorrows of self pity and when I was suffering and overwhelmed by various
problems, then by Your grace You immediately came and consoled me. Baba
in that desperate moment You graciously relieved me of my grief. Baba, I
did not ever feel that You are mine. In this life I was always suffering
from the vanity and ego of my own I-feeling. Those days I was thinking
that ‘I am everything’. Due to my ego I did not accept You as the
Supreme One– as my Goal. I did not take You as that most loving One who
can solve all my problems; I did not surrender at Your feet. Baba, even
then by Your grace You advented deep inside my heart and became mine.
And now I understand that You are ever helpful and that You remain with
me always.

Baba, those days when I was overwhelmed by that severe suffering, I did
not outrightly tell You about my problems. I did not openly say
anything. I did not express my pain to You. But because You are
ever-present in my heart and because You are my eternal shelter, with
Your infinite compassion You fully understood the desperated state of my
mind– You understood my sorrow. And by Your grace You instantly poured
Your eternal sweetness and love. By Your grace You filled my whole
existence with Your divine bliss.

Baba, due to my ego and vantiy I could not recognise you. You were
showering huge grace on me but I could not recognicse that. I thought
that due to my own qualities everything was happening. In those happpy
times I could not recognise You. Only did I begin to recognise You in my
sorrow. Baba, in my state of terrible suffering, when the mountain of
misery started falling on my head, then all my friends left me. I was
all alone. When I was happy then they were along with me but when I
became sunk in misery all those friends disappeared. Baba, You are the
exact opposite. When I was sunk in woe then by Your grace You
immediately came and removed all my pains and troubles. Baba You bathed
me in Your infinite love. Filling my I-feeling with Your bliss, You
surrounded me each and every second. Baba, You showereed Your grace and
saturated my heart.

Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified. You have done
everything for me. Baba, I surrender at Your alter…



Throughout His teachings Baba has presented us with various analogies
that shed light onto our journey on the spiritual path.

These following two analogies– about the musk deer and the dog chewing
the bone– contain golden nuggets of guidelines about how we should
proceed in our spiritual life as well as how we can avoid the missteps
of material cravings.


Baba tells again and again that we must not seek Him in the external
world, rather we are to seek Him within. In His discourses and in
Prabhat Samgiita He emphasizes this point repeatedly.

Always He warns us of the danger of looking for Him externally.

Dura’t sudure…

By looking for Him externally, the sadhaka only pushes Parama Purusa
further and further away, beyond the grasp. Even then, in their dogmatic
worship, so many seekers and religious fanatics fall into this negative

By worshiping idols, taking pilgrimages, declaring jihad, and following
so-called Mahaprayan, various people think they are doing things that
will enable them to attain Him. But this is not just not so. He is
within and they are going without. Their pitiful plight is just like
this analogy about the musk deer.

Baba says, “The other meaning of gandhacelika’ is “sweet scented musk
accumulated in and around the navel portion of the musk deer.” The musk
deer lives in cold countries and looks ugly, but the hormone secreted
from its glands gradually accumulates in the navel. Eventually the
liquid portion evaporates and the remainder becomes hard, and the harder
it gets, the stronger its fragrance becomes. The female deer does not
have this musk scent. The male deer becomes so intoxicated with its own
fragrance that it goes berserk searching for the source of the smell. It
fails to realize that the source of the smell is its own navel.
Ultimately, after much running, the exhausted musk deer falls down
dead.” (MVNS)

Just as the musk deer falls down tired and ultimately dead after its
failed pursuit of trying to find that aromatic smell in the external
world, the same is true of those idol worshipers and jihadists who seek
their god through external objects and displays. In the end they do not
get Him, and instead fall down tired or dead. Then in their next life
they get transmuted into rock, iron, or even stone.

So we should be sure that our approach is introversial and
psycho-spiritual, where we seek Him within. We must not run around
senselessly like the musk deer, as those religious fanatics do, not
knowing that that what we ultimately seek lies within. That is Baba’s
teachings about the musk deer analogy.


In this next analogy, Baba shows us how chasing after temporary or
worldly enjoyments occurs at the expense of our own self, of our own
vital energy.

Baba says, “The situation is likened to that of a dog when it chews a
dry bone. The bone contains nothing – no marrow, no flesh, nothing.
While chewing that dry bone, its lips get cut and blood oozes out, and
when the poor dog tastes the blood, it thinks that it is tasting blood
from the bone, and licks even more. If you forcibly snatch the dry bone
from the dog, the dog will whimper, because it will feel that its food
is being taken away.” (SS-21)

In the above analogy the dog is chewing its bone and getting nothing in
return. Rather it is depriving itself of its own life force– its own
blood– yet thinking that it is getting something very tasty in return.

Such is the fate of so many who chase after material things.

Those who drink liquor think that they are drinking the nectar of life
and getting so much happiness. But in fact they are not getting
anything, and their drunkenness is coming at the expense of their own
liver. That organ is getting destroyed by alcohol, yet the drinker
thinks that the alcohol is giving him so much joy.

Such a person is no different from the dog that is merely sucking on its
own blood when chewing the dry bone.

Then of course there are those who think that sensual / sexual pleasures
are giving them so much happiness in the world. But those escapades are
merely depriving a person of their own lymph which is the seed of
spiritual knowledge and bliss.

So again it is a losing scenario. The person thinks that in having sex
they are getting everything, when in fact nothing is gotten, rather one
is losing their own vital force.

And same is the case with so many things including sumptuous food,
money, prestige, automobiles etc. People mistakenly think that they are
getting an abundance of pleasure from this mundane world when in fact
they are getting fleeting joy, i.e. nothing at all, at the expense of
their own inner vitality.

The basic ideas is that in the mundane sphere we are always spending
something to get nothing. That is what dog and the dry bone analogy is
all about. That is what Baba is teaching us.


It is only in the spiritual sphere that we can get something. Only
through spiritual practice can we get lasting happiness. When the mind
rises up and feels His touch then nectar secretes from the pineal gland
and we feel a’nandam, or bliss.

In worldly spheres, our “happiness” comes from depleting our own
energies. In the spiritual sphere, our happiness comes by enhancing our
energy by receiving spiritual nectar.

That is the dramatic difference between mundane pleasures and spiritual


By His grace He has given us graphic analogies whereby we can clearly
understand His important life teachings and progress along the path of
Supreme Benevolence by seeking Him within and not wasting our time with
chasing after mundane pleasures.


Allopathic Medicines Not Good

Baba says, “When people take allopathic medicine to cure a disease, the
medicine disturbs the ecological balance of the body because more
negative microvita get concentrated at the point of the disease.
Allopathic medicines do not kill diseases — diseases die by their own
natural death. Although the medicine may check the disease, the
increased concentration of negative microvita can overcome the effect of
the medicine. In fact, the increased concentration of negative microvita
caused by allopathic medicines creates many new types of diseases, and
due to this, two or three new diseases are presently being created every
decade. So what is the solution to this problem? Our approach should be
two fold– external and internal. Externally we should take medicines to
check diseases, but internally we should perform spiritual practice.”
(MVNS, p.136)


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