Seeds of Thoughts
Seeds of Thoughts
Once a spiritual seeker disciple went to a Guru to clear his doubt. He had read that a spiritual aspirant should control his thoughts, and that one cannot attain the highest goal of Self-realization without removing the last trace of thoughts.
So this young man asked the Guru - “Is it true that a spiritual aspirant
should try to control his thoughts?"
So he went to his hut and planted the seed in the sprawling Aashram farm.
He thought that by doing so, he would somehow get an answer to his question.
He waited patiently. After several months, he found he was no wiser on the
question of whether he should control his thoughts. He went back to the Guru.
The Guru continued gazing at him for a few moments, turned to his side, fished out something from a bag and handed it over to him without a word. It was yet another seed. What was it with this Guru and his seeds? Not just that, what was the connection between his question and the darned seeds? Seeing the distant look in the Guru's eyes the seeker got up with a sigh. He went to another patch in the farm and planted the seed there. He thought - “I need to contemplate. There must be a deeper significance to the Guru's response that I'm not getting.”
He returned a few months later, none the wiser. He again went to the Guru and
pleaded - “Please, Master, Just tell me if it is important for a spiritual
aspirant to control the number of thoughts?” The Guru smiled. But his hopes
were dashed when he saw the Guru put his hand into the bag again. Why did the
Guru always have the bag next to him whenever he came?
Feeling like a sore loser, he stormed off and planted the seed near the previous patch. He was not expecting this type of behavior from his Guru. It continued to haunt him and it seemed to him as if he was not going to find the answer in Guru's farm. Months passed, and the seeker was no wiser on whether a seeker should try to control his or her thoughts. “The Guru knows the answer,” thought the man. “Why isn't he telling me?” After much tinking he decided that he had no choice.
He again knocked on the door of the Guru's room. The Guru opened the door, and seeing the young man said - "Oh! You're back." The seeker smiled sheepishly and walked into the room. With great humility, he said - "I'm going to ask you the same question, but please do not throw seeds at me. Please throw some light through words please, on this issue."
"Come with me. Let's go for a walk." The Guru picked up his walking
stick and sauntered out. The seeker followed him expectantly.
He didn't say anything. He pulled it out. It wasn't very easy to do so. Finally
with a few sharp tugs, he yanked it out, roots and all. He then led the Guru to
where he had planted the first seed. It had grown into a tree with branches.
Guru said - “Thoughts are like seeds. When they have been freshly planted in the mind, they can be easily dislodged by mere will. If we entertain them or nurture them for some time, it becomes a little more difficult to remove them. We may have to use some force to uproot them. However, if the thought has taken root deeply in the soil of the mind it is next to impossible to uproot it.”
The Guru paused for a few minutes, then continued - "So is it with thoughts. If you do not control them when they first make their appearance, it will prove difficult to get rid of them. A thought leads to action. Repeated actions become a habit, and habits form a character. A character determines your destiny. Therefore, do not make your mind a fertile ground for breeding thoughts. Strive to control the number of thoughts entering your mind."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 05/09/04 | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | Modified on 01/28/13