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The Source of Cruelty

Author: ; Published On: ಗುರುವಾರ, ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ 1st, 2011;

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This is a story from the Ramayana. A sage was performing
a severe penance in Dandakaranya forest. Indra, the king of
Gods, felt threatened by the intensity of the penance. At first,
he sent some beautiful women to distract the sage. When
they failed in their mission, Indra adopted a new method to
destroy the sage’s concentration.

Indra approached the sage in the disguise of a warrior and
“Holy man, I have to go somewhere on an urgent work. I
wish to keep this sword in your safe custody. On returning, I
shall collect it from you.” From that day onwards, the sword
became the companion of the sage.

One day, accidentally, the sharp edge of the sword touched
the branch of a tree and cut it. The sage was surprised by the
power of the sword.

The taste for cruelty was born in him. He began to cut down
trees and plants and felt happy.

Slowly from the world of plants, his thirst for violence
extended to the world of animals. The sage began to kill
animals and his power of penance diminished and he ended
up a sinner. Thus a sage who aimed for Indraloka landed in
hell due to the company of the sword.

During Krita Yuga, demons lived in forests. But today, in Kali
Yuga, they live in the hearts and homes of people in the form
of violence and cruelty. Man has become the destroyer of
peace and violence has taken hold of his heart and mind.

Since the cause of violence lies in the human mind, it is only
a Sadhguru who can wipe it away and fill it with love. No
external authority or law can do this.

Shankaracharya prays to Lord Shiva :
“My mind is a forest where violence and cruelty wander
like beasts, hunt them down and be truly called a hunter.”

Shall we too invite Lord Shiva to wipe away cruelty from our
hearts and minds?

16 Responses to The Source of Cruelty

  1. Raghavendra Narayana

    “Shall we too invite Lord Shiva to wipe away cruelty from our
    hearts and minds?”
    Om Namah Shivaya.
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha


  2. ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ

    beautiful pictures…
    Om Namah Shivaaya.


    Raghavendra Narayana Reply:

    Picture Gallery has many beautiful and great pictures. Considering that Facebook/others, we use more of Photo and Video, would be great if we get an option of sharing Hareraama website photos in Facebook/others.
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha


    ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ Reply:

    i agree:)
    photoಗಳಿಗೆ comment ಮಾಡುವ option ಇದ್ದಿದ್ದರೆ ತುಂಬ ಒೞೇಯದಿತ್ತು ಅಲ್ಲವೇ?


    Raghavendra Narayana Reply:

    ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದರೆ, ಅದ್ಭುತ.
    ಶ್ರೀ ಗುರುಭ್ಯೋ ನಮಃ


    ನಂದ ಕಿಶೋರ ಬೀರಂತಡ್ಕ Reply:

    ಸುಮಾರು ದಿನಗಳ ನಂತರ ಗುರುಗಳ comment ನೋಡಿ ಜೀವ ಬಂದ ಹಾಗಾಯಿತು…


    Ganesh Bhat Madavu Reply:



  3. gopalakrishna pakalakunja

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ


  4. Raghavendra Narayana

    Till we come in contact with bad things, we are all saint..? Being good even in the middle of bad things requires constant bath of good thoughts..? Other than Shiva, who else to remember to get purity. Let the heart be pure, let the thoughts be pure, let the world be pure, let the sky rain the purity, let the eyes get closed in peace, let it keep raining..
    Let us give space to Shiva to sit in our heart, and to meditate in our mind.
    Let us give more source for purity so that it keeps raining.. how to give when heart is filled with stones, let tears form by remembering you, even if we generate one drop we know it rains..
    Gurugale bless us, without blessings we are nothing..
    Without your blessings we cannot even remember that we are human beings..
    We need your blessings, we know that we have not done anything great, so begging your blessings.. make us Manav, take us to Madhav, make us Madhav. beg the blessings.
    Shri Gurubhyo Namaha


  5. Vidya Ravishankar



  6. vasantha Harish

    namaste gurujii
    nimma aashirvada koruva
    hare rama gurugale


  7. ಸುಬ್ರಮಣ್ಯ ಶರ್ಮಾ ಪೊಸವಣಿಕೆ

    ||ಓ೦ ನಮ: ಶಿವಾಯ, ಶಿವಾಯ ನಮೋ ನಮ:||


  8. Nishanth Billampadavu

    hare rama gurugale photos tumba chanda bayindu…


  9. Mahesh Puchchappady

    ಹರೇ ರಾಮ.
    ಇದೊಂದು ಅದ್ಭುತ ಕ್ಷಣ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ ಇದು ಇತಿಹಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಖಲಾಗಬೇಕಾದ ಸಂಗತಿ.


  10. shambhu bhat

    Hare Raama.


  11. Jayashree Neeramoole

    Hare Rama,

    Oh Sadguru… You wiped all the unwanted things from my mind and filled it with love… Hope this love will spread each and every part of the world… sothat we can see a beautiful earth again…


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