Bee And Worm
There was a very close friendship between a bumble bee and a
worm. Once Bee said to Worm, ''Why do you live in muck and faeces?
Come to my garden. There are roses and agaves and jasmines.
You'll be thrilled by their fragnance.'' Worm gave it serious
thought, ''I'll go and visit his garden, but what if there's
nothing to eat there? I may starve to death.'' As a precaution
he rolled up two small balls of dirt and faeces and plugged
them into his nostrils. Bumble Bee, unaware of this, asked him
to climb onto his back. Off they flew.
In the garden the
air was sweet with fragrance. The bee placed the worm on top
of a rose and asked, ''Well, what do you think of the fragrance?''
''Nothing special. I still smell the same old odour,'' the worm
retorted, not impressed at all. Bee was confused, ''Why does
my friend fail to enjoy the fragrance?'' he asked himself. Then
he took a closer look at the worm and found two tiny balls of
faeces fitted up his nostrils.
He made a plan
for removing them. Taking the worm to a pool of water, he offered
him the chance to swim. They both dived into the water. Bee
then climbed upon the worm's back and pushed his head underwater.
Water rushed into the worm's nose and mouth and made him burst
out with violent sneezing. This procedure forced out the mess
that was blocking Worm's nose. Quickly picking up the worm the
bee returned to the rose, ''Ah... Ah... what a scent! It's fabulous...
The scent of rose is wonderful.''
The worm praised the flowers no end. ''The fragrance was always
here, but it was you who chose not to enjoy it. You had stuffed
your nose with muck and excreta.'' Bee scolded his friend and
then took him to savour the scents of other flowers in the garden.
This is what happens when people come to sit in the spiritual
assemblies or come to serve the Enlightened Sadhu for wisdom.
They come to the divine atmosphere fragrant with the goodness
of God, but have secretly filled their hearts with filth and
desires of the world. Therefore, even while sitting in spiritual
discourses, they smell the odour of the world. It is when the
Enlightened Sadhu splashes him in the ocean of wisdom and cleanses
him of this world's mess that he enjoys the happiness of God.
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