Ananda - Following your truth
by Life Positive
Ananda saw him pained and decided to narrate a small incident.
In Nanak’s time, a Brahmin named ‘Kalyug’ had made his abode there. He was a learned man beside being very rich. Many pilgrims were his followers and often stayed with him.
Actually, the Pandit was swindling the gullible people who were not aware of what true religion was. Many rich persons who visited him were more interested in knowing about their future life or the life hereafter. They would feel happy listening to good and favourable stories about themselves. Pleased with such fables, they would make handsome offerings to him.
Sometimes he would close one of his nostrils, either right or left with his hand. Then he would suddenly declare that he was seeing Vishnu Bhagwan in heaven. Similarly he would claim an audience with other gods and proclaim his visits to Brahmpuri (abode of Brahma) and Shivpuri (abode of Shivji). The devotees listened to his claims with rapt silence and expected that soon he would take them to the divine trip too. He then asked all those present to shut their eyes and perceive heaven in their minds, and he would help them see it.
When all those present closed their eyes, Guru Nanak signalled his friend, Bhai Mardana, to pick up the pitcher-like container in front of him and hide it behind in a bush. When the ‘Panda‘ opened his eyes, he did not see the container in front of him. He was beside himself with rage and started shouting loudly and asking who had taken his small container. “Don’t crack jokes with the saints. This is totally unacceptable.”
Guru Nanak stepped forward and said, “Panditji, you were able to see Brahmpuri, Shivpuri and Vishnupuri, why don’t you look around in this Universe? You may be able to locate where the container is lying.” Hearing these remarks the ‘Panda’ was vexed. Some present also said, “Panditji, you were seeing the divine abode but now you can’t find your small pitcher. How could it be?”
People understood the deceit of the Pandit.
“So, Santosh,“ Ananda explained, “Don’t believe all that you hear. Being righteous is the only way to God.“
Apply it: Believe in the right principles and do not get fooled by anyone.
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