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24 THE SADHAKA’S EQUIPMENT The poor man was surprised. He had heard that the noble was a very kind man, but he did not expect such a ready welcome. He was all praise about his host. The noble at once interrupted him and said, “Don’t mention it, my friend. ” And the old noble began to rub his hands as if some water was poured on them and asked the poor man why he did not wash his hands. The poor man found no boy or water but decided that he should do what he was told, and so he pretended to wash his hands likewise.
If you have removed the thorn in the other man, when he had one in his foot, he would have accompanied you, and when you had the thorn in your foot he would have helped you. ” Similarly, a hard-hearted man, when he finds a fellow-traveller on this thorny and rugged path called life, stricken with. pain and penury, laughs at him and goes his way. The nature of life itself is such that he, too, is soon stricken by the same kind of pain and penury. Beyond the reach of all help, this hard-hearted man also suffers.
With the big stick of delusion and doubt it drives away all divine influences. But the Lord’s Grace descends, and desire dies. The divine influences that were till then waiting for a chance, then crowd round the Jiva and enable it to realise its Divine Nature. 37 PARABLES OF SIVANANDA Parable Of The Dacoit There was very rich millionaire in a small town. One night, as he and his family-members were all asleep, a sound was heard. A very strong and powerful dacoit entered the house through a hole made in the wall.