The story of missing TENTH MAN. This well told story of ten students tried to cross a river.

After crossing the river, they decided to count themselves, so that they can be sure that every one reached the other side of the river safe. So, one of them started counting others. But, when he counted others, he forgot to include himself. So, the count number came one short of ten. Then, they started crying thinking that one of their friends was drowned in the river. A passer by came and enquired the cause of sorrow. Then, they explained situation. After listening their problem, the passerby replied that the tenth man is there. Then, he explained to the person who did the counting that, he is the missing tenth man. This caused the sorrow to end and again happiness came back. This story is used to explain the stages of Maya, which is the inherent power of Bhagavan. There are seven avasthas (stages) in Maya. They are: Ajnanam, Avaranam, Vikshepam, Paroksha jnanam, Aparoksha jnanam, Duhkha nivritti, Nijanandavapti. 1. Ajnanam- not knowing that I am that supreme Self. 2. Avaranam- I am not able to see that Brahman! Is he there? 3. Vikshepam- forgetting that I am that Self and identifying with BMI and going through sukha and duhkha. 4. Paroksha jnanam- Following the Spiritual path with Shraddha in Guru, Sastra vakya. 5. Aparoksha jnanam- Understanding and Realising the Truth of Tattvamasi mahavakya. 6. Duhkha nivritti- Staying in that understanding of I am that Advitiya, Akhanda, Aparoksha, Svaprakasha Paramatma (and I am not the sukhi, duhkhi, doer or enjoyer and knowing that these are the Avidya or Maya Karya) 7. Nijanandavapti- abiding in the nirvikalpa nista as kritakritya. Analogy to the story: 1. Not knowing that I am the tenth Man is Ajnanam. 2. I am not able to see the tenth man is Avaranam. 3. Crying for that missing tenth man is Vikshepam. 4. A passerby (Guru) coming and telling that there is the tenth man is Paroksha jnanam. 5. The Guru counting the people and making the Crying Tenth one to realise that he is the missing the tenth man or Brahmaivahamasmi is Aparoksha jnanam. 6. Once the missing tenth man was found, the sadness ends is Duhkha nivritti. 7. With Dridha Prajna, the doubts are totally clarified and abiding in that understanding is Nijanandavapti or Niratisaya Ananda Prapti.

My Namaskarams to Pujya Mahatmas because of whom, commoners like me are able to do Sravana of this Great Knowledge.

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