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  • In every culture,

  • anything

  • beyond the normal perception of life,

  • anything beyond the normal

  • day-to-day happenings, means

  • it is an opportunity to ask for and receive

  • things which are not normally available to people.

  • Whether it is Santa Claus of the West,

  • whose bag is full of gifts,

  • or the traditional three boons of India

  • whenever God appears he offers you

  • three boons; you can ask him what you want.

  • This interpretation, this direction

  • of lore...

  • and stories that...

  • why this lore has taken this direction is.

  • always...

  • in the world...

  • a large part of the population of the world is always deprived.

  • always it been so,

  • a large part of the population in the world is always deprived of many things that...

  • they would aspire to have,

  • or I would say, almost everybody is deprived of

  • of what they want to have.

  • If they have this, they don't have that. If they have that, they don't have this.

  • So...

  • almost everyone is deprived of something or the other.

  • So if a new possibility arises, the first thing is to ask,

  • and...

  • if anybody is of any worth, he is supposed to give.

  • I know

  • there are various people,

  • there are various prayers

  • and lamentations of the so-called - devotees, where

  • they are swearing to God and saying:

  • If you cannot even give this, what kind of a God are you?

  • If you cannot even do this, what kind of a Guru are you? Where is your compassion?”

  • In the Shaiva lore,

  • Shiva narrates many stories and incidents

  • to...

  • highlight the limitation,

  • to highlight the trouble that one can get into

  • just by giving indiscriminately

  • The trouble that both the giver and the receiver can get into

  • by simply giving somebody something...

  • (that...)

  • for which they are not yet ready.

  • If...

  • they had evolved their life

  • to a point,

  • to that which they desire,

  • it would anyway happen;

  • but before they reach there, they want to have it.

  • Before you evolve yourself

  • to a point

  • where you are ready to receive something, if you receive something

  • the great gift may become a great curse.

  • There are any number of people on the planet

  • who manage to somehow

  • manipulate situations to get something that they want

  • and suffer immensely because of what they receive.

  • They would be better off the desire,

  • but by fulfilling the desire, they get into deep trouble.

  • So both the giver and the receiver

  • can be in a lot of trouble simply by giving something

  • or by receiving something for which they are not ready.

  • Many times, human beings,

  • once they reach a certain level of attainment,

  • they have an urge

  • to be overly compassionate.

  • Misplaced compassion

  • always comes from your ego;

  • you want to be the most compassionate person on the planet.

  • Wherever anybody needs anything - reach out.

  • This is not coming from any kind of understanding, wisdom, or awareness.

  • This is coming from

  • wanting to be the best or the most.

  • You know, whatever you do, you want to be the most.

  • Wherever you go, even if people say,

  • 'I am stupid', people want to say, 'I am the most stupid person in the world.'

  • Even there, they want to stand first.

  • Somehow they want to be the best

  • one way or the other.

  • 'I want to be the most intelligent, or I want to be the most stupid,

  • I don't want to be lost in between.

  • I don't want to be ordinary; I want to be somehow special.'

  • So you want to be the most compassionate.

  • This problem is there among people

  • they want to be the most compassionate.

  • True compassion is not about giving or taking.

  • True compassion is just doing what is needed.

  • You have no preferences of your own;

  • simply doing what is needed is compassion.

  • You revving yourself up into a huge amount of emotion

  • and reaching out to somebody is not compassion.

  • This is just self- satisfaction, devious ways to fulfill yourself.

  • Compassion is possible,

  • genuine compassion is possible,

  • when there is nothing to fulfill in you, you are just doing what is needed.

  • But always,

  • if you get into a deep emotion and do something,

  • you think that was a very compassionate moment.

  • No,

  • you are seeking self-fulfillment.

  • I am not saying anything right or wrong, it is still coming from a certain inadequacy.

  • One overly-compassionate sage

  • was indiscriminately disposing of...

  • people's needs.

  • Because of his austerities,

  • he had attained to a certain capability and he was giving it away.

  • So one day, Shiva called him

  • and tried to advise him,

  • See, this is not good.

  • The way you are...

  • dispensing gifts and boons to other people,

  • this will not bring well-being to you,

  • or to the people to whom you give.

  • It may bring you much trouble,

  • it may bring them much trouble, or both of you much trouble.

  • So stop giving these boons.

  • People come and ask, it's okay,

  • you don't have to give.”

  • Parvathi, Shiva's wife, who was sitting there,

  • She said: “Oh, my Lord, how is this possible?

  • As it is, there are very few givers in the world.

  • As it is, there are very few people who are willing to give anything in the world.

  • And the few men who are giving,

  • you are trying to restrain them also

  • what is the point?

  • At least a few men who are willing to give, let them give.

  • You must explain this to me.

  • This is not fair.

  • There are very few givers:

  • that also you want to discount and make it much smaller?”

  • Then...

  • Shiva said: “See,

  • this is not about depriving people of something.

  • This is not about depriving the world

  • of receiving something,

  • nor is it an effort to deprive the person

  • to have the pleasure of giving something.

  • It is just that

  • instead of helping people to evolve

  • where they will naturally receive the bounty of life,

  • an un-evolved person, if you give him something,

  • you will only overburden him.

  • You will only destroy his life.

  • If you are concerned about somebody's

  • ultimate well-being,

  • you must

  • put him through the painstaking process of evolving himself

  • to a higher possibility, where he will receive higher

  • dimensions of life,

  • where receiving just happens to him because he deserves it.

  • If you

  • gift a ton of gold to an ant,

  • it will only crush the ant.

  • It will not make the ant rich;

  • it will only crush the ant.

  • So what you give, how you give, is very important.

  • You don't just give because somebody is asking.

  • Let me tell you a story.

  • Once... there was a very sweet sage.

  • Sweet one, not like me.

  • And he sat in his cave in the mountain

  • and was into

  • very stringent austerities...

  • eating simple food,

  • always focused on his sadhana.

  • One day a king came hunting in the forest,

  • he found this cave, came inside, and saw the sage

  • totally absorbed in his meditation.

  • He bowed down to him,

  • and

  • he was thirsty, he wanted to drink water.

  • He looked around,

  • there he found a real mean looking vessel.

  • all...

  • You Know real mean-looking vessel. We don't have such thing in the Ashram.

  • The King thought, 'Such a wonderful human being,

  • so deep in his meditation, so dedicated.

  • Why should he use such a mean looking vessel?'

  • So he rode back,

  • then sent for some of his men and said,

  • 'Leave two of the most wonderful golden urns for him to use, two golden vessels.'

  • So the king's people came, took away this mean-looking vehicle vessel,

  • and put up the golden vessels.

  • And after a few days the sage opened his eyes, and

  • to perform his morning ablutions and also

  • for other purposes,

  • he looked for his vessel it was not there.

  • He could not find it anywhere; then he found these two golden vessels.

  • It was not very convenient, they were too elaborate,

  • ornate, and heavy,

  • but he decided to use them because there was nothing else.

  • Life went on for a few days.

  • One day

  • a very mean looking person with a mean,

  • very mean mind, with mean intentions,

  • came in that direction.

  • He walked into the cave and the first thing was, his eyes fell on the

  • golden vessels.

  • Then the sage welcomed this man and served him a small meal that he had.

  • The man ate, but his eyes were fixed on the

  • golden vessels.

  • The moment the sage closed his eyes to meditate,

  • the man picked up the golden vessel and ran.

  • When he ran, the sage saw

  • in his meditation this man running away with just

  • one golden vessel.

  • Then the sage ran behind him;

  • both of them ran.

  • The man saw the sage coming and ran faster and faster,

  • but because of all this yoga, you know,

  • the sage could run faster.

  • By the time the thief reached the town,

  • the sage caught up with him.

  • Then...

  • that man was too tired to do anything else,

  • he placed the golden vessel at the sage's feet and said, 'Forgive me.'

  • People gathered around them.

  • The sage said, 'No, no, no, I had one more.

  • You just forgot to take the other one.

  • I just came here to give you the other one.'

  • The man didn't know what to do,

  • and people

  • who looked at this whole scene,

  • it really humiliated the man

  • because he stole from such a man,

  • who is running behind him to give the other vessel, that he missed out.

  • The sage went back,

  • he went back and he started looking for his old vessel.

  • He searched the whole cave everywhere, here, there.

  • In the process of

  • turning everything around,

  • he pulled out

  • a few baby mice...

  • were there.

  • And also, the mother mice

  • when he turned everything around,

  • these baby mice fell out,

  • the mother mouse terrified, ran away,

  • abandoning the children.

  • So

  • the sage ended up with five little mice;

  • the mother was terrified and never came back.

  • So he started feeding these baby mice with the little grain that he had, and they were

  • slowly putting on weight.

  • One day,