Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Conditioned Elephant

Once a man visited an elephant sanctuary. As he was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped.Confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg.No chains, no cages.It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.“Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them.As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”The man was amazed.These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.Like the elephants,We in this material world are conditioned souls also.From ages we are suffering in, from one body to another and like the small elephants we also believed we cannot break free.But now when we have got this human form of life, we are like those big grown up elephants still tied up with the small ropes of past conditionings of our material existence.But similar to those elephants we can also break free from this bondage of birth, old age & diseases by simply realizing the fact that we may feel we are happy in this tied up life but at the end of the day we all are miserable & locked up.So to get free from this bondage we just have to realize our situation & take shelter of realized devotees of the lord, read the scriptures & chant the holy names of the lord.And just by practicing this we can break free & give up the struggles in our lives. #sjoshi

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