After me , who will be the Guru?
(This thought process was triggered by a post of Balamurugan in face book.Thanks to him)
There was very great and pious Guru of yore,
Who was steeped in Godliness and piety.
One day that Guru realized that,
The time has come for him to go.
His mind asked him “after you , who?”
And the Guru replied, “not for me to decide,
But for god to decide but anyway , my mind.
Being not a king , I need not bother about these things.”
But his mind was persistent and told him ,
“You are teaching the world about the great God,
And due to you very many people,
Who have come your way are really good.”
The Guru thought that there is something ,
In what his mind told and called all his four disciples”
And told them, “The time has come for me to go ,
And I want one of you to become Guru after me.”
I am going to keep two important tests for you,
And then he asked the four of them to go out ,
And bring the most petty thing that they see,
They all went out and three of them returned first.
The first one brought an extremely pretty flower,
The second one brought a butterfly of unparalleled beauty,
And the third one brought a dear , dear little kid of a bird,
But the fourth one came back very late but empty handed
Guru asked the fourth one. “Hey what happened to you?”
He told”I saw the pretty flower but felt the plant will cry if I pluck it,
I indeed saw the butter fly but did not want to cut off its independence,
And ofcourse I saw the bird and felt that its mother will miss him.”
The Guru was extremely glad and gave each of them a Banana fruit,
And told them, “Take this fruit and eat it in a place where no one is there.”
The first three disciples finished the h job very quickly ,
And returned empty handed but the fourth came back with the fruit.
The Guru asked the first three where they ate their fruit,
One said inside a cave, another in a closed room and third inside a close box,
The Guru questioningly looked at the fourth and asked,
“In this wide world, could you not find a place without any one?”
The fourth one said , “great teacher , wherever I went ,
I could not see any place without God and so I brought it back.
The guru was happy and said, “you the fourth one ,
Would be Guru after me, for your are indeed human and are aware of God.”