Two brothers - Ramu and Shamu lived in Sonapur village. Ramu was very successful in his life - had property, more than enough money, fame and luxuries in his life. Shamu was hardworking but made barely enough to sustain himself and his family.
"O, enlightened master, how do I dispel the darkness of ignorance within me?", asked the disciple to his master.
"Does darkness exist? What is darkness?", asked the master.
"Well, don't you witness darkness in the night, every night? How can you then suggest that darkness does not exist?", asked the confused disciple.
Mattu was a successful business man in the town. He was very popular and known for his highly principled life. He suffered from a disease in which he could no experience pain at all. His life did not know what pain was. Everyone envied him. He simply could not feel pain.
When he was 40, he partnered with an international business house and was about to take his business globally. After having signed the contract papers and a dinner in a swank hotel, he returned home.
It was an unusually sunny day. My vehicle had broken down in the middle of a deserted highway. Wondering what to do, I started to slowly walk towards the nearest village which was about a mile away. The sun was right above the head and was striking very hard on me. I think the temperature must have been around 38 degrees. I had almost walked the distance and was near the village, when out of sheer exhaustion, I collapsed - half faint and half awake.
Sirish was a beautiful deer that roamed the forest in the Sahyadri ranges in western ghats. Through out his life he could sense a sweet smell around him.
He spoke to a couple of animals in the forest. "Do you smell that perfume?" he asked.
All the other animals ridiculed him. Some said, he was hallucinating, some said he was mad and many just behaved nicely in front of him and ridiculed him in his absence. Years passed by..the perfume smell only got stronger and Sirish had learned through experience to keep it to himself.
I would like to share with my readers, an incident that is supposed to have actually happened during the days of Buddha, the modern God of self-realization.
This is not a story.
I am writing about something that has occurred to me of the so many interactions I have had with people. It makes me wonder. Let me share an incident with you that triggered this thought in me....
A Cuckoo and Peacock were best of pals. Every time both of them met, the Peacock used to show its beautiful dance to the Cuckoo.
Slowly, but steadily, the Peacock became very popular in School, in the neighborhood, in the club. The Cuckoo was happy for its friend but very dejected.
Lets take an example of how science and spirituality will deal with a situation and then proceed to understand the differences or similarities between them, if any.
Let us for our example study 'Hunger' as the subject.
Science, tries to understand how hunger pangs develop, how our body and mind is able to know hunger, what physical changes happen within our stomach and what communication takes place through our nerves. That's science for us.
Whereas spirituality tells us to experience hunger once.
For all those who pride themselves in being very spiritual and look down upon others who aren't, I would like to ask you a few questions: