Lindiyo - The Lion-Goat
Once, while out hunting, a lioness gave birth to a cub amidst
a flock of goats. She left her newly born baby amidst the goats
and returned to her den in the forest. This baby lion began
to live with the group of goats. He ate, slept and stayed with
them. As he grew up, the shepherd named him Lindiyo, a name
normally reserved for goats and sheep. The lion responded to
his name, skipped and danced, like every tame animal. Lindiyo
grew up into the full frame of a lion but he himself never knew
To himself, he was only a weak, frail goat!
One day, while they were on lush pastures, a huge lion roared
and attacked the flock. All the goats fled with fear; they ran
in all directions to save their lives. Even Lindiyo scampered
away. The lion was astounded and looked twice. ''How did a lion
get mixed up with a flock of goats?'' he asked himself. He leaped
and chased Lindiyo and soon seized him. Lindiyo was trembling
with fright. He shut his eyes tight. ''Hey, you!'' the lion
shook him, ''You're a lion. How did you end up in this group
''Please, let me go. My name is Lindiyo, Sir, please let me
go!'' the lion-goat helplessly pleaded for mercy. ''Come come!
You're not a goat! Rather, goats are your daily dinner. Why
have you lost your senses? Come with me to the riverside!''
So saying the lion dragged Lindiyo to the river bank and where
the water was quite still, he showed him his own reflection.
''See, look at your face. It's like mine. You have a golden
mane, see the paws and the claws, everything is like mine.
You are a lion
and not a goat.'' He further taught him to stand tall and roar
like a lion. ''Come on speak like I speak and roar; and remember
these goats are our food, not friends.'' Lindiyo suddenly realised
his true identity and broke out from his shell of limitations.
He himself roared and drove away the goats. He had become a
lion from a lion-goat. We too, suffer from a similar problem.
Our true identity is Atma, but we have somehow lost that knowledge
and believe ourselves to be the body.
We all see ourselves as Lindiyo. We must realise our real nature
and identity as the Atma and become the master of Maya and not
its slave. And to attain such knowledge, we need to approach
the True Sadhu, who shows and convinces us that we are not Lindiyo
pure and powerful Atma.