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A rich man at the time of his death handed over three gold idols of Shree Raam, Shree Lakshman and Shree Hanumaan to his son and told him that they were his most valuable possession. The son took them and kept them in his Poojaa room. After a few years, he had some money problems and he wanted to dispose them off. He first took the Shree Lakshman idol to the Goldsmith to sell after estimating its value. The goldsmith weighed the gold in the balance to estimate its value and gave him the money. After few weeks, the son again went to the goldsmith to sell Shree Hanumaan. The goldsmith once again weighed the idol and gave him double the money that he gave for Shree Lakshman. While coming out, the son was saying to himself - "I am happy to know, just like me that the Goldsmith also value Shree Hanumaan much more than Shree Lakshman. When I go next time with Shree Raam, I will likely get a much higher value because Shree Raam is so much superior to Shree Hanumaan."
After several months, the son faced money difficulty again and he went back to the goldsmith with Shree Raam's idol. The goldsmith weighed the idol and gave him the money just half the value that he gave for Shree Hanumaan. When the goldsmith was handing him over the money, the son was rather furious and asked him - "Don't you know that Shree Raam is very precious and loved by many and should be more valuable than Shree Hanumaan? Shree Raam the almighty is worshipped even by Shree Hanumaan and you better change your method of your valuation. The goldsmith smiled at the son and told him - "Sir, After purchasing the idols, I just melt them and what I value is only for the gold and what I paid was only for their gold content." From the goldsmith's point of view, the value is based only on the Gold content and he only sees the gold in the idols. For the Goldsmith the name, form and the roles played have no significance for ascertaining the value which is purely based on gold content.
In the same way - The self-realized soul is like the goldsmith who only sees the Brahm in everythig, while a Sansaaree attaches the importance to names, forms and roles played. The Yogee is able to visualize the same Brahm in all beings of the universe - a human, an animal, a plant or any other material. For the goldsmith, gold is the common denominator and for the self-realized, Brahm is the common denominator. Thus we need to just focus on the message of the story and any probe into other details is not worthwhile.
Remember there is no morality higher than truth; and there is no prayer more fruitful than Sevaa (selfless loving service.)
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Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/02/13