The Seedling . . . . .

October 25, 2013 by  
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Guru and disciplesA Guru felt it was time to prepare his shishyas for the day he would hand over charge to his successor and told them so. Desirous, however, that the successor be one of his own students who’d been under his tutelage for years, he decided to put them to the test.

Calling all his pupils – ten of them – together one morning he gave them each a seed and said: “Please pick up a pot lying around, fill it with soil and manure and plant this seed in it.” At sundown, the pots having been filled in course of the day, he once again called them together and said: “Tomorrow morning you shall all leave for your respective homes along with the pots in which you have planted the seed. Take care of the growth of the seed to the best of your ability and then return here exactly 30 days from today together with the pot.”

disciplesNext morning, the students departed for their respective homes, where, they spared no effort in looking after the seed in their respective pot. On the morning of the 30th day all the ten arrived at the gurukul from different directions to be received warmly by the Guru. They each seemed excited with the growth of their respective seedling. One had a beautiful bush of fine roses in bloom, another a high growth of mixed flowers; yet another had a full-grown bonsai variety of the Chickoo while another a growth of colourful ferns, and so on, with the guru complimenting each of them for the results they were showing him – save one, who chose to try remaining unnoticeable to the Guru. He had with him his pot in which not even a leaf seemed to have grown.

Guru and disciplesLater, with lunch over, the guru’s generosity in welcoming his shishyas back showing through the splendid dishes prepared painstakingly by himself, the Guru invited them to carry their respective pots to meet with him in the garden of meditation where, he said, he would announce his successor. The pupils did as instructed and each sat cross-legged in a circle, their respective pots placed proudly in front of them. The one with the pot in which nothing seemed to have grown tried to remain inconspicuous.

Empty PotThe Guru said: “Can any one of you guess who is going to be my successor?” In an instant, every hand was straight up in anticipation, except the hand of the one who had nothing in his pot to show. Instructing the pupils to put their hands down, the Guru declared: “The one who is to be my successor is none other than the pupil who has come with a pot that has no growth in it at all!” Murmurs of protest began rising until one of them summed up the boldness to ask: “Why him, Guru? His pot is plantless!”

Guru and disciple“Yes, my dear, I know! I also know how aware you are that I had given the same seedling to each one of you, including the one who has his pot plantless. The reason why he is going to be my successor is that he alone had the courage to be true to the voice of his conscience in response to the voice of his Guru!

“The seed I gave you all was a boiled one from which nothing could ever grow. But each of you, on discovering that it wouldn’t sprout, has replaced it with a seed of your own choice, except this faithful shishya. The result is, his pot shows an invisible growth of truth, while the pots of the rest of you has a visible growth of untruth in full bloom! Just how can you be leaders of others, moulders of their minds?”

– fwd: ladislaus l dsouza

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