Story about Company of the Good: Vasishta X Viswamitra clash!

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Article written by London swaminathan

Date: 18th  September 2015

Post No: 2169

Time uploaded in London :– 16-54

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Satsangatve nissangatvam

Nissangatve nirmohatvam

Nirmohatve niscalitatvam

Niscalitatve jivanmuktih

–Adi Sankara’s Bhaja Govindam

“Through the company of the good, there arises non-attachment; through non-attachment there arises freedom from delusion; through delusionlessness, there arises steadfastness; through steadfastness there arises liberation in life.”

There is a story about Viswamitra. Once there was a discussion between him and sage Vasishta, the Guru of Sri Rama. The discussion was: which was greater, the power of austerities or the power of the company of the saints. Vasishta said that the power of the power of the company of the saints was greater. Viswamitra disagreed with him. The matter was brought before Lord Vishnu. He directed them to Mahasesha, the big serpent on whose head this earthly globe is supposed to be resting.

The sages went to Mahasesha and asked him which was greater — company of saints or austerities. Mahasesha said: I have this heavy burden of the earth on my head. If you will just lift it for a moment from my head I will be free to give the answer. At this, Vasishta and Viswamitra looked at each other as to how best this problem could be solved. Viswamitra suggested that he would apply the power he had gained by his austerities and lift the earth. He put forth all the strength he had gained by his austerities but the earth did not move. Then Vasishta came forward and applying the strength which he had gained by one minute company of saints, lifted the earth. Now Mahasesha said: your question has been answered.


Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Story

The agent of a rich Zamindar (land owner), when he goes into rural localities tyrannises over the tenants in various ways, but when he come back to the head quarters, and under the eyes of his master, he changes his ways, becomes pious, treats the tenants kindly, investigates into all their grievances fully and tries to meet out justice impartially to all. The tyrannical agent becomes good through the fear of the master and also  by reason of his society. Similarly does the society of the pious make even the wicked righteous, awakening awe and reverence in them.

Clean Temple Elephants

Elephant and soil

If you wash an elephant well and leave it at large, it is sure to make it self dirty in no time; but if, after the wash, you tie it down in its stable, it will remain clean. So if by the good influences of holy men, you once become pure in spirit, and then allow yourself to mix freely with wordly men, you are sure to lose that purity soon; but if you keep your mind fixed on god, you will never more get soiled in spirit

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