Sri M Answers | The dilemma about choosing the spiritual path of love & innocence

Selected excerpts from “Sri M in conversation with Sharat Bhattatirippad”, RJ of Fever 104 FM, recorded during Sri M’s Nirahar Satyagraha at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on February 25, 2016. 
Q : One thing that confuses people – be it youngsters or callers to our radio station or the people we meet – is the dilemma about choosing the spiritual path of love and innocence. If you look at the ways of the world, the person who is smarter and a game player seems to be more successful than the honest person who keeps to his scruples. But the heart says that being unscrupulous is not right and being pure, selfless, and innocent is good. How do we solve this dilemma?

Sri M : No matter how many games one plays in this world – by thinking something and saying something else – you will still fall short of God, who is the biggest game player of them all. In the Hindu Shastras, God has been called Ranganath – the one who colours and directs all plays. There is no greater player than Him.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to say this story often. In a village, there lived a huge Naag (hooded snake). The path where it lived was narrow; so it was difficult for people to walk past. One day, a Brahmachari Maharaj came that way. People stopped him and warned him about the Naag. They told him that it was even more poisonous than Vasuki, the king serpent. The Brahmachari Maharaj replied that he wasn’t scared of any snake, as he possessed a mantra that would calm the snake. As he went along, he was greeted by the hiss of the hooded serpent. With the help of the mantra, he managed to calm the snake down. The snake told the Brahmachari, ‘I have never seen a man like you, and I bow down to you. Please make me your disciple. And before you go, please give me a ‘Diksha Mantra’.’ The Brahmachari agreed to initiate the snake but on one condition. It was that the serpent would have to give up biting after it started the recitation of the japa. The snake agreed to give up biting people. Both went their own ways. A year later, the Brahmachari Maharaj visited that area again. He found that children were playing on the path, close to the snake’s habitat, totally unafraid of the snake. The Brahmachari asked the children, ‘Are you not scared of the Naag?’ The children said, ‘Who will be scared of that snake who doesn’t bite anymore. We pulled him by the tail, broke his back, and put him back in his hole. You can go and see for yourself.’ The Brahmachari peeped down the hole and called out to the snake: ‘Where are you, Naag Maharaj?’ The snake replied, ‘I’m down here waiting for you, Guruji.’ The Guruji asked him to come up. The snake replied that he couldn’t, as his back was broken. ‘Look what has become of me ever since I stopped biting. I wanted to find Moksh (salvation) but instead broke my back!’ The Brahmachari comforted the snake telling him that he would set it all right. He then told him, ‘Silly fellow. All I said was don’t bite. But did I ask you to stop hissing as well?’

To survive in this world, you have to hiss sometimes. I do that too. Ask the organizers. But because I don’t bite, no poison enters anybody. The problem is, after a while, many people get to know that there is no poison inside me. This becomes a problem. Outsiders will not know that. Only those who are intimate would know. So, desh and vesh – country and appearance – change. Even when Gods descend upon this Earth, as Avatars (reincarnations), they have to change their appearance. They do this in order to live like other humans. But within, they are pure. I would say that one could live like that. I am not a Sanyaasi (renunciate) either. I too have a family, wife and children. For living in this world, we have to do all that needs to be done, but within us, we have to be neat and clean. This is possible. Just to demonstrate this, Babaji told me to go and live the life of a householder. He said, ‘Do so because the people who come to you will be mostly householders”. He said, ‘If you shave your head and become a sanyaasi, what will you tell them? What you know would be second-hand knowledge.’

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  1. nandini v says:

    Dear Guruji

    when the person is on wrong path, we need to hiss like a snake… or we should keep quite……. we need to fight against injustice or we should keep quite…. please clarify my doubt

  2. Guruji,
    My Pranamas to you,
    could you please let me know how do I control my anger towards all the wrong things , injustice, discrimination, corruption, dishonesty which happens around me? I always end up expressing my true feelings towards the wrong doings and make a lot of enemies I cant keep watching all the wrong things and not take a step against it.. Please tell me how to control it? I dont know how to be a droplet on the leaf(which appears to be stuck on the leaf but it really is not), I feel hurt and go through pain even when I see something wrong being done against others and want to fight for them and confront the people who do wrong things.. sometimes I feel that I dont belong in this world which is full of bad things.. please help me..

  3. Very inspirational! 🙂
    Thank you.

  4. Mr R C Dey says:

    Respected sir, very interesting example to resolve the dilemma of choosing a path of love. And innocence , quoting a story told by Ramakrishna as well as from your own life story are more enlightening , however influence of character and inner being on outer world is there where glory of God manifests and the aspirant has faith in guides andGod

  5. To learn to hiss without poison is in itself an art and we need to break our old neuro patterns as it’s not natural that we can hiss n not spit poison , hissing and poison has complementary understanding in our intellect, so this story is a very good reminder to relook at the seemingly associated, unworkable, embedded concepts in our thinking, rarely we look at hissing and poison as two different things, we assume presence of one when other is there,my biggest takeaway for action is to find what areas am I getting stopped with- because im just seeing the hisss n assuming that it has poison and where all am I getting stopped because im not hissing, just because I link it to poison n don’t want it that way.
    Thank you for the enlightening spiritual context for this story.
    Glad after Lahiri mahasya ji , babaji chose you to live as a common man and inspire others to connect with divine n live pure n teach us all

  6. N S Krishnan says:

    Beautiful ,at least hiss if not bite.