TRUE SPIRITUAL LIVING | SEL001 | CHAPTER 02
|| THE DIFFICULTY IN FOLLOWING THE SPIRITUAL PATH ||
The spiritual path is a razor’s edge in two ways . It is sharp and cutting — as dangerous as the edge of a razor . If we go a little wrong , it will cut our nose .
It is like handling six thousand volts of live wire or even a higher voltage . If we are working with high voltage tension wires and are good engineers , we shall be careful ; but if we are a little blunderous , we know the consequences . The spiritual path is like a high voltage wire . It can spotlight our whole life with a blaze of illumination , or it can burn us to ashes . It can do both things .
One of the admirers of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa once came and said ,
" You touched Vivekananda ; why dont you touch me also ? You gave cosmic consciousness by touch . What mistake have I committed ? Why should I not also be touched ? "
Sri Ramakrishna said nothing , and kept quiet . But this person went on insisting and asking this question again and again :
" Why dont you touch me ? Why dont you touch me ? "
One day Sri Ramakrishna said , " You friend , you want me to touch you ? Come here , I will touch you . You will become ashes just now ! "
" Oh no ! " the person said , and ran away from there . " Dont touch me ! Dont touch me ! Dont touch me ! "
The idea is that there is no use merely being touched by a high tension wire unless we are good conductors of that force . If we are good conductors , we will pass that force through us . We will receive it properly .
Otherwise , it will be like passing 6000 volts through a small filament of an electric bulb that can bear only 220 volts . It will simply fuse in a second and burst . Nothing will be left of it .
Our scriptures tell us that nobody should try to practice yoga unless proper preparation has already made by way of discipline .
SOURCE | SATYAVEDISM.ORG