A nawab was leading a very happy life. He had everything-
money, power, health and peace of mind. One day when he
was walking in the garden, a beautiful girl appeared in front
of him. He was fascinated by her beauty and was surprised
when the girl offered herself in marriage. The nawab told
“I will be happy to marry you, but I have to seek my Guru’s
permission. If he permits, I will accept you as my life partner.”
To the nawab’s disappointment, the Guru did not grant him
permission. But, the desire to marry the girl had taken deep
root in his heart. He kept pestering the Guru who finally
yielded on a condition. The holy man tied a talisman around
the nawab’s wrist and said:
“You should never untie this holy thread. It will protect you
at all times from misfortunes.”
The nawab agreed to do so and married the girl he loved. The
couple led a happy life and years passed by. The girl won the
heart of the nawab through her love and service.
One day the girl told the nawab:
“My dear lord, I have been your wife for several years and
have served you sincerely. Yet, you don’t trust me. If you
really love me, remove the holy thread which is around your
The nawab forgot his Guru’s words and untied the holy thread.
At once his beloved wife vanished and in her place a ferocious
fire spitting demon appeared. The fire burnt down the palace
and reduced the nawab to ashes.
Who is the nawab in this story?
He represents ordinary human beings like us. We get fascinated
by worldly life which at first is very attractive like the nawab’s
wife, but later reveals its true devilish nature. The nawab was
happy before he met the girl, similarly Jeeva, enjoys
Brahmananda, before it is trapped by the demon of illusion
and is subjected to the pains of disease and death.
Total surrender at the feet of the Guru who has conquered
illusion is the only protection from mâya. This is the only way
Shall we hold on to the holy feet of the Guru and be liberated