#Jagadguru #SriSri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji on the compassion of Mahatmas:


a man in a red robe and a red robe
a man in a red robe and a red robe

#Jagadguru #SriSri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji:
The Mahatmas are ever-calm and compassionate and bring about the welfare of all, like the fresh season of spring – शान्ता महान्तो निवसन्ति सन्तः वसन्तवल्लोकहितं चरन्तः.

Once fingers in the hand had an argument as to who is superior, with each one putting forth its importance.

Thumb: Without me, none of the other fingers can function properly.

Index finger: I command all people.

Middle finger: I am at the centre and am the tallest.

Ring finger: I am the most wealthy! All rings reach me first.

Finally the little finger said, “I have no such unique utility or greatness as the other four. However, whenever someone puts up their hand in the Anjali Mudra in reverence to God or Mahatmas, it is me who is fortunate to have their Darshan first.”

The moral here is that irrespective of status, one’s power, position, or wealth, we have to take refuge in a Mahatma and serve.

What stops us from serving are our inner foes such as Ahankara or ego.

Overcoming Inner Foes
In Puranic times, when Hiranyakashipu proclaimed that he had conquered all his foes including the Devatas, his son, the great devotee Prahlada, softly questioned him, “O Father, have you conquered your inner foes?”.

Inner foes such as Ahankara or ego must be overcome. Even if we have power and command authority, we must function with politeness and kindness.

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