Go away from your own self to go nearer to Him.
Original lecture in Tamil by
Tenkachi ko Swaminathan
Written in his own words by
(Wikipedia says “Thenkachi Ko. Swaminathan (1946-2009) was a popular orator, an author of various Tamil books, Deputy Director of "All India Radio" a-k-a AIR, radio channel, a host of the daily programme Indru oru Thagaval on All India Radio (AIR). A down-to-earth human being, genius in Life Improvement, Positive Attitude and Story narrator.” I have leant a lot by hearing him as well reading him. This is my humble contribution in face book to rekindle the memory of a great man.)
One day a seeker wanted to see God,
He enquired about whereabouts of God,
And was walking with confidence to the temple .
And on the way he was stopped by a holy man.
Holy man asked the seeker where he was going ,
And the seeker replied , “To the temple to worship God”,
And the holy man asked , “Have you seen him ealier,
And the seeker replied, “No, I have not seen him earlier.”
Hoily man further asked ,”You do not even know who he is?
And so the worship that you intend to do may possibly only a drama,
And when you go to the temple, you would see many like you ,
Asking the unknown God fulfilment of many desires and tell him all Their complaints.”
The Seeker said, “I do not want any thing from him nor have I complaints,
I want only to show my love to him.” And then the holy man asked ,
“If he is a stranger to you , how can you show your love to him.”
Then the seeker asked, “Please guide me how I can meet him.”
The holy man said, “You can never ever meet him but only learn to feel him.,
And this can be done by meditation “ and the seeker asked,
“What is the connection of that unknown god and this meditation?”
The holy man said , “nothing whatsoever” and the seeker was greatly surprised.
The holy man continued “Meditation comes deep from your mind,
And it would create a deep silence in you and in that state of silence,
You would start knowing about God and this will lead you to worship.
And that is perhaps the only way to start worshiping him.”
At that time a westerner passed that way and approached the holy man,
And requested, ”I want peace” and the holy man smiled and told , Leave out first two words,
And you will get “peace” . for when you leave “I” , you lose your ego,
And when you Lose “wants”, only “ peace” would remain with you.
The westerner knew that he had got the right answer and went back,
And they both saw a satisfied rich devotee returning from the temple,
And the holy man asked “Did you have a good darsan of God “ and he replied,
“I paid fifty rupees and I could go very near to the God in the sanctum.”
The holy man smiled “ how far were you from God consecrated there?”
And devotee said “Just ten feet “ the holy man asked “Was not the priest,
Nearer to Him than you?” and this jolted the rich devotee who could pay fifty rupees.
And he went back very much disappointed, as he had not got the best darsan.
The seeker took leave of the holy man and was seen going back to his home,
And the holy man asked him , “ You were going to temple to see the God.”
And he said “I understood that I should know the God first by going away from myself.”
And the holy man told “Spirituality is not going nearer to god , but going far away from your own self.”