A Persian Fable with a Yogic Message
Once a King called upon all of his wise men and asked them "Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstance, in every place and in every time. Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me. Tell me is there any mantra?" All wise men got puzzled by King’s question. One answer for all questions? Something that works everywhere, in every situation?
Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda speaks on Non-Violence: AHIMSA means non-violence, love and respect for the freedom of all creatures, humans and animals. Nobody should harm anybody with their thoughts, words or actions. Non-violence means to actively accept the right of all living beings, including animals: respect other‘s needs, respect other‘s cultural traditions and religions. Ahimsa (non-violence) is directly related to tolerance. However, in order to accept others one must first be self-tolerant. As my grandmaster, Bhagwan Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprabhuji once said: "If you would like others to be good to you, then first be good to others. In this way you will understand the Divine within you and within all living beings."
It is not without reason the heart is regarded as the symbol of love, since the heart Chakra (located at the centre of the chest) is the seat of love. Love is infinite and when our heart opens to divine love, our love becomes infinite. In the Chandogya Upanishad it is written: “In the centre of the body there is a shrine surrounded by a wall with eleven doors. Hidden within the shrine a lotus blooms and within this there is a tiny, little room.”What does it mean, this tiny room in the heart of the Lotus?
What is spirituality? Where does this term come from? After searching in the dictionary, in meditation and discussion with spiritual seekers, we come to understand spirituality to mean purity. Crystal clear purity. This purity refers to our Atman, to our inner Self. Impurity is in our actions and thoughts. Where there is impurity there is ignorance, darkness. Mahatma Gandhi said: We hate the action, not the person. Therefore it is our action that makes us impure. Hindus say karma, Christians say sin. Hindus say punya, and Christians say virtue, good.
In Sanskrit, the cosmic Self is known as ATMA. In contrast to the individual soul, the Atma is Universal. It is the "Light of Life" in all beings. The relationship between the Atma, the individual consciousness and spirit can be illustrated by the following example. The atma is the light, the light bulb is the individual, and the beam of light that radiates from the lamp is the spirit. In English the expression "spirit of the soul" is used and in this expression it is clear that the spirit emanates from the atma.