Lord Mahavira (an enlightened Spiritual Master of India) always Lused to keep that disciple near him. Other inquisitive seekers used to think, “When will we be fortunate enough to get an opportunity to sit in the Lord's feet? We neither possess any virtuous qualities nor do we have any special qualifications! Will we be ever blessed with this kind of proximity of the Master in this lifetime or in our births to come?”
But, the reality is, as the patient needs to be in the proximity of the doctor to get healed and strong, so also a Guru gives his nearness to a disciple who needs to be treated. Just as a raw brick is put in the fire of the kiln with the sole purpose of converting it into a rock-solid, finished product, the enlightening presence of the Master works like a kiln for the disciple to evolve him and make him spiritually well-versed, strong, and unshakable.
This disciple of Lord Mahavira was also a patient from the spiritual perspective. To help him grow into a healthy yogi, Lord Mahavira instructed him and said, “Make it a point to spare some essential time in a day to introspect and recollect how things are going in your inner being. Contemplate and ponder- what were the good deeds done, and what all mistakes were committed in the whole day.” Though the seeker nodded his head in obedience, yet he made a blunder of not following the instructions in the way they were given. Instead of keeping a watch on his own thoughts and actions, he started keeping a watch on his Master. And while doing so, he started finding faults and loopholes in all the activities of the Guru, which were indeed a divine play. Consequently, a heart which should have blossomed in the flowery aroma of devotion and surrender, it rather started accumulating the leafy dryness of doubts and non-commitment. As to a person standing upside down, everything upright appears topsy-turvy; so also to his tilted (doubting) mindset, every apt and wise statement of the Master appeared erroneous. His mind began to wrongly interpret the activities and discourses of Lord Mahavira.
Once, he was listening to the spiritual discourse of Lord Mahavira, who said, “The words of the Guru are like unfailing predictions, and are bound to come true. No power has the capacity to stall them, and even God cannot undo what the Guru says and desires to do.” The disciple could not digest the statement, which felt like thorns piercing him.
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