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Valmiki chanted Mara, but ended up as a greatest writer in India of all times.
He started his life as a thief — looting and feeding his family. He felt that he was protecting them and doing his duty. He was about to steal from Narada too, who questioned him on his stealing ways.
Narada: Why do you steal?
Valmiki: It’s my duty to protect my family. I know only to steal.
Narada: By killing others you are acquiring lot of bad karma. Go and ask your family members whether they can take part any of your karma.
(Valmiki goes to his family)
Valmiki: Can any of you take part of my karma that I have incurred due to my stealing habits.
Valmiki’s Mother: I didn’t know anything about the bad things you were involved in. Therefore, in no way I can be part of it.
(The other members of his family replied in similar lines)
Valmiki (to Narada): Nobody is willing to take part of it. What’s the salvation for me then?
Narada: Chant Rama Nama, 24 hrs a day.
Valmiki chanted Mara as he heard Rama as Mara. He chanted for many years to come. A pit formed over him. People heard only the sound. When he came out of his meditation, he wrote the famous epic Ramayana.
Anger breeds anger. We can understand that with the help of the story of Drona – the greatest teacher in archery and who lived in ancient India.
Drona and prince Droupada studied together in the same gurukulam (school). They learnt from the same guru. While Drona was poor, Droupada was the son of a king. But, they were very good friends.
After their gurukulam was over, Droupada went to rule his kingdom. Drona got married and had a son by name Asuvatama. They were so poor, that they didn’t have money to buy milk for their son. They would mix flour in water and give it to him.
Drona’s wife asked him to approach king Droupada. Drona approached the king, who insulted him saying, “You are a poor Brahmin. Those days are gone. I am the king of entire Panchala Desam now. Don’t expect any favours from me”.
Drona became so angry that he wanted to wreak vengeance. He searched for a job. He got a job to teach archery to Pandavas. After the training was over, it was time for offerings to guru Drona. He asked Arjuna to defeat Droupada, tie him to the wheel of his chariot and bring him to Drona.
Arjuna Defeats Droupada
Arjuna defeated the king and brought him to Drona. He told Droupada, “You insulted me. See what happened to you now”.
Drona took the southern part of Panchala.
Was the incident over after this?
Droupada challenged that he will beget a son, through whom he will kill Drona. He did a penance to beget a son by name Drishtithyumna.
So many years elapsed. Just before the great Gurushetra war began, Dharmar (the head of Pandavas) – the eldest brother of Arjuna, prostrated to Drona – who was in the side of Gouravas – enemies of Pandavas, and sought his blessings.
Drona informed him, “Had you not come, you would have lost the battle. I will tell you the secret of killing me. If I receive any sad news, I will give up the battle. Ask somebody to kill me then”. Dharmar passed this info to Krishna.
During the battle, elephant Asuvatama was killed. Krishna spread the news saying that Asuvatama was killed in the battle. When Drona heard this, he asked Dharmar – who always spoke the truth. Krishna blew the conch at that time, making sure Drona did not hear anything except “Asuvatama killed”. Immediately Drona, threw his weapons away, and sat on the ground. Drishtithyumna reached him and cut his head.
Asuvatama Takes Revenge
Asuvatama came to know about this, and decided to take revenge against Pandavas. Pandavas were sleeping in the night then. He killed all the children of Pandavas.
Arjuna made a vow that he would kill Asuvatama. Eventually Asuvatama was defeated in the battle and was brought in front of Krishna. Krishna said, “Don’t kill Asuvatama, but forgive him instead”. His crop of his hair was removed by Arjuna and he was pardoned as Krishna requested for.
Asuvatama got angry and charged Pandavas with Brhmastram (it’s like an atom bomb). Abhimanyu’s wife was pregnant then. Krishna saved the child with his Sudarsana Chakra. His name was Parikshit.
Krishna got angry with Asuvatama and cursed him by saying, “You have so much revenge in your mind that you should live in this world without a company, with no body to talk to, have no food or water, for next three thousand years”.
The revenge acts mentioned above are nothing but the acts of the mind. Isn’t it? It’s the nature of the mind to get angry and take revenge. The nature of Soul is to forgive, love and be in divine nature.
The Forgiveness Exercise
We might say there is some bad energy residing in the house. Hearing this, the house will get hurt. So affirm, “I Tom forgive you Golden Gates Apartments. Please forgive me and release me”.
We would have commented about somebody behind their back. That’s also a form of anger. So affirm, “I Tom forgive you Vivek. You forgive me and release me”.
“Release me” statement is important, as we are habitual in nature and we have to release that pattern. This forgiveness is nothing breaking the pattern – both our thinking patterns and thus our behaviour patterns.
Whenever you are angry about somebody, do this exercise. We have to chant like a mad person until relationship becomes good. In the last Janma we would have fought with them or others and so we repeat the same pattern. The persons are different and the events are different, but the emotions remain the same.
You can do this for good relationships too. The relationships will be strengthened in the process.
Dare 2 Do IT! (The forgiveness exercise)
The Besant Nagar Laughter Club followed this technique. They found it very helpful to them.
A Modern Day Mother’s Story to Her Child
My son is studying in VII standard.
I am always worried about him. He does not listen to us – parents. Even at this age, his anger is terrible. Suppose we scold him, he shouts back saying, “You are not my mother. I will go and stay in my friend’s house”. He does not read his lessons, getting bad remarks from the school. He is lying and he tries to dupe me.
Have you ever told Puranic stories and Moral Stories to your child in the age between five and seven?
No. At that age, he only saw Superman and Spiderman in T.V.
This is the problem of the modern day parents. We never tell our children any moral stories when they grow up. The children are always fond of stories. There is no grandmother or grandfather around to tell them the stories.
Children, if they listen to stories, they will grow better – morally and mentally.
Now what I can do? Is there any way I rectify the situation?
Yes definitely, instead of brooding or worrying you take the tapping picture, write your son’s name and tap on the points while reading moral story of your choice. Do one story for 21 days and see how he improves.
By tapping like this both the healer (mother) and healed (son) are benefited.
There is a story about a Zen Master.
The master was making tea.
A person known to him visited him. The Zen Master offered him tea.
Then a stranger visited him. The master offered him tea too.
Watching this, his neighbour asked, why he offered tea to them – for both known and unknown persons.
As a reply to him, the Zen master offered tea to this neighbour too.
A Depressed Patient
June approached Naran S. Balakumar as she was having bouts of depression.
She tapped while she listening to the story of the Zen Master. Within four rounds of tapping, her laughter shook the hall.
Benefits of Listening to Story of Rama’s Pilgrimage to the Forest
- To handle any disappointments and failures in life.
- When you are not able to accept something because of anger, or in general when you are seething with anger/rage/fury, listen to the story and do tapping (EFT).
- When you are worrying too much
- Basically it is a story to accept what is happening to your life. This will bring in mental healing in you, which is very essential to life. Please read the explanation below.
When we suffer we feel why we have to go through it. After going through the bad experiences, we realise what happened was right. Thus behind unhappiness we can find divine order as well as happiness.
Seeking pleasure and avoiding pain is the nature of mind. What is painful today may turn out to be pleasure tomorrow.
Therefore, accept totally whatever happens in your life. The mere acceptance will bring in a state of calm – which is essential to plan the next course of action.
Nobody can escape from doing something. Do whatever after accepting it.
A mental state of unhappiness will only bring in more unhappiness. To be happy, accept and be in a happy state, so as to find happiness in the events that occurs outside us.
This story was discussed in the Monthly Meet, April 2009. It is available in CD.
A Marriage Not a Bother Anymore
A couple approached Naran S. Balakumar for their problems seems to be never ending. They were fighting like dogs and cats.
Balakumar narrated the following story from Panchatantra and asked them to tap while listening to the story:
There lived a dog and cat in a village. They fought like hell.
One day, it was raining heavily. They took a shelter in a Mandapam (a common place for discussing and resting for travellers).
The weather was too cold for the cat. There was one blanket available. Therefore, they have no choice but to use the same blanket. They covered themselves with the blanket.
They realized that they have to be together to solve any problem in life.
The couple did the tapping for few days and they could resolve the problems between them to a greater extent.
Benefits of Listening to Story of Jada Bharatha
- When a person is hurt or wounded emotionally, the story is a great soother
- This will bring some body out of love pangs, when they have failed in love.
- If somebody has a suicidal tendency, it will give them hope and enthusiasm.
This story was discussed in the Monthly Meet, April 2009. It is available in CD.
Next Post: Stories for Life Part 3
“Rama’s Pilgrimage to the Forest” and “Zen Tea”
A Well That Never Dried
There is a story about a King Bhagirathan. He is an ancestor of Rama. He was supposed to have brought water to India, the River Ganges from heaven.
Shantha wanted to dig a bore well at her residence. Before digging the well, she tapped (EFT) on herself while reading the story.
After a few days, she dug the well. This happened four years back. Until now the water hasn’t dried up in the well.
Benefits of Listening to Story of Gajendra Moksham
The story was narrated in the April Monthly Meet. Its available in CD.
- Pay back debts
- Never ending issues – you want to resolve them.
- The court case seems to go nowhere. You want to put a stop to it.
- Hearing the narration will burn all your previous Karma.
- Remembering and reminding oneself of this Gajendra episode will give you Peace, Joy and Love.
Stories for Life Part 2 – Jada Bharatha