Beating Up Darkness
In a village lived several koli patels. They were very foolish.
They once thought to themselves, ''For many years now darkness
at night time has slipped into our houses. Let's keep a strict
guard today and make sure darkness doesn't creep in. One Patel
picked up a stick, another a washing pin, another a pestle or
dustpan to chase darkness out just in case it did manage to
gain entry. And so at six o'clock in the evening the villagers
finished dinner and sat ready on their cots outside their homes.
They watched the sunset, carefully watching around them lest
darkness sneaked into their homes.
Slowly the sun set. One man went into his home for a drink of
water at 6.30 p.m. He raised the alarm, ''Get up! Get up! What
are you watching outside for? Darkness has already sneaked in!''
All the Patels grabbed their sticks, washing pins and dustpans.
They began to beat darkness in the house. In the darkness they
broke many pots and pans. Many of the Patels themselves were
hit on the head! They spent the whole night trying to chase
darkness away. With the coming of morning the sun rose and darkness
went away. The Patels stroked their moustaches with pride and
happily said, ''We really did beat it away.''
They all became very sure of themselves. Beating darkness doesn't
chase it away. The rising sun causes darkness to go. People
decide for themselves what salvation is - as the Patels thought
of darkness. Freedom from the cycle of births and deaths is
true salvation. Without a sun-like true Guru our ignorance is
never driven away. People suffer hardships in their worldly
life and yet believe that they've made life easier! No matter
how much you may improve your worldly life at the core it is
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