Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Teacher and The Lady

   An old story, during the times when students stayed with Teacher (Guru) served him and learned from him (gurukula) during their brahmacharya. Brahmacharya is the practice of self-imposed celibacy that is generally considered an essential prerequisite for spiritual practice in India.

  One day the teacher took his students to the river for the morning prayers (prātaḥsaṃdhyā). Near the river they saw a beautiful lady. She is worried as she needs to cross the river but doesn't know swimming and is afraid of water. The guru carried her on his shoulder crossed the river and returned back.
After their evening prayers (sāyaṃsaṃdhyā ) the students used to clarify their doubts about the daily session with the teacher.
  One of the students asked the teacher," You have carried the beautiful lady across the river is it not  immoral?". The teacher replied "No, I have left her after crossing the river, but you are still carrying her in your thoughts that is immoral. Purity is just not only actions, it starts in your thoughts."

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