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9. Python - Dattaatreya Jee further said - "Hey Raajan, As people get sorrows and pains according to their previous Karm (actions) without asking from them, in the same way they get Indriyaan-related pleasures and joys also naturally [according to their Karm]. Therefore, the person who knows this, he should not desire or make efforts for them. He should live upon whatever he gets, little or more, tasty or not tasty, without asking for them like python. He should be satisfied like a python who may not get food for several days. If he has will power, Indriya Bal (all Indriyaan being in good working condition), and Deh Bal (physical strength), he should live effortlessly. I have taken this lesson from python.
10. Samudra (Sea) - teaches us to always be happy and serious. His meanings should be bottomless (A-Thaah = which has no bottom, means very deep) and extensive (whose another shore is not visible, means A-Paar). He should not feel any kind of external effect as sea does not feel the effect of waves and tides. Almost all rivers fall in sea, so much rain water comes in rainy season, but its level does not rise, in the summer its level doesn't fall. In the same way, people should be neither happy on getting worldly pleasures, nor sad if they don't get them.
11. Insect - From an insect, I have learned, that as it jumps into the flame attracted by its beauty, in the same way, a man who does not have control on his Indriyaan also falls for a woman attracted by her. Woman is Devtaa's Maayaa who keeps a man off Bhagavaan and Moksh. Thus he destroys himself like an insect.
A Sanyaasee should live like a Bhanvaraa (Bhaunraa, or Bhramar or Bumble Bee). As it collects the essence from several flowers, in the same way a Sanyaasee should also get his food from several houses. As a Bhramar sucks the juice of all kinds of flowers without any consideration, in the same way an intelligent person should also learn good things from various Shaastra. [As Bhramar shuts itself inside a lotus flower when it likes the smell of one lotus flower in the evening and kills itself, in the same way a Sanyaasee also destroys himself when he falls in love with one Grahasthee.]
12. Bee - Bee teaches us not to store things. As bee stores honey and then other people take away her honey, even sometimes take their lives too, in the same way a Sanyaasee should not store things for himself even for the next time. He should use his palms to take food and stomach to store food.
13. Elephant - Elephant teaches us that a Sanyaasee should never touch a woman even if she is made of wood. Intelligent people must not accept any woman as their pleasure, because they are the death in embodied form.
14. Honey Collector - He teaches that greedy people collect money with great difficulty, but neither they donate it to anybody, nor they enjoy it themselves, then rather somebody else comes and takes their wealth, as Grihasth consumes his wealth later, first he gives to Sanyaasee or Brahmchaaree and so on.
15. Deer - Deer teaches us that a Sanyaasee should not listen to love songs, as a deer is stuck in the net attracted towards the hunter's music [and loses his life]. You know that Rishya Shring Rishi who was born from a deer, got attracted to women's songs, singing, dancing and he himself started dancing on their tune.
16. Fish - As a fish loses its life attracted to a meat piece attached to the fish line, in the same way who love tasty food, are destroyed through their tongue or taste. A logical person can win his other Indriyaan by stopping enjoying his other Indriya's pleasures, but this does not help his tongue Indriya, rather it gets more powerful by stopping food, so first one should control his tongue. If somebody has controlled his tongue, he has controlled his other Indriyaan also.
17. Pingalaa Prostitute - In very olden times, there lived a prostitute named Pingalaa in Videh Nagar, Mithilaa. What I learned from her, I tell you now. She was very beautiful. One day at night she waited, and waited for a customer to come to her for a long time at her outside door. She didn't have a desire for man, but for his wealth, and her desire for wealth was so strong that anybody who was going by that side, she thought about him that he was a wealthy man and was coming to her and would give money in exchange of pleasure she would give to him. Many of them had gone by, and nobody stopped for her that evening. Midnight fell, but her wait was not yet over, she did not like her Vritti (the means of earning money) and got Vairaagya (detachment). Although the reason for this Vairaagya was her worry but still it became the cause of happiness.
Then she sang a song. Raajan, Whoever is on the stake of hope he can be saved only through Vairaagya. So Pingalaa sang thus - "Alas, I was under the control of my Indriyaan. I was trying to develop relationship with these men who wish to enjoy pleasure only. I was a fool. My real Swaamee is so close to my heart. Only He is immortal. This is also unfortunate that I am earning my living through prostitution. My body is sold, and I want to enjoy pleasures from the same body. This body is a house, in which there are 9 gates from which dirt always comes out. Its bones are its pillars. In the name of collected wealth it has only dirt which is coming out continually through its nine gates. I think I am the only one who desires for another man than Paramaatmaa. Now I will sell myself to buy Him. I am sure that this Vairaagya will give me true pleasure. I will subsist only whatever I will get according to my fate." Then she dropped the idea of enjoying other people, went inside the house and slept on her bed peacefully. Truly this hope is the greatest sorrow and enemy of the man. When she did not have the hope, then only she could sleep peacefully."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/9/02
Updated on 05/31/12