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AkalkotSwamiwasaJnani.HelivedinAkalkotinMaharastra.Inthelaterperiodoflife,he
became a Jnani of the Brahma Varishta type by withdrawing the external consciousness and living
in the pure Nirvishesha, Nirguna Brahman of Sri Sankara. He shut out the phenomenal
consciousness. He had to be spoon-fed with milk just as a man is fed in the comatose state. He used
to pass motions in an unconscious state. People used to clean him. The same was the case with the
most famous Kumbakonam Mouni Swami of Southern India. This Swami lived for 25 years in an
unconscious state. He was fed all along on an easy chair.

A poor Brahmin performed Tapas for the sake of getting money for the celebration of his
daughter’smarriage.HepropitiatedGodGanesha.Ganeshaappearedinhisdreamandtoldthepoor
man to go to Akalkot Swami. The poor Brahmin went to Akalkot Swami. Swamiji asked the
orthodoxBrahmintocollectsomebones.ThepoorBrahminwasverymuchperplexed.Anyhow,as
he was in bad need of money, he obeyed the words of Swamiji and collected some bones. Swamiji
told the Brahmin to take this to his house. The Brahmin was greatly embarrassed. When he reached
the house, he did not take the bones inside but kept them in a corner of the verandah. After three
days,hewantedtothrowthebonesaway.Whenheliftedthebundle,hefounditwasveryheavy.He
opened it, and found to his astonishment it was full of gold. The Brahmin said to himself: “I made a
serious mistake. I ought to have collected some more bones.” Such is the power of greed which
keeps you bound to this Samsara. Destroy greed, which disturbs peace. Have faith in Saints.

Story Of An Old Man And A Donkey

Youcannotpleasetheworld:Anoldmanwasridingadonkey,whilehewasreturningfrom
a Sunday fair. His young son was walking. The passers-by saw this and remarked: “Look at this
cruel fellow. The young boy is walking all along. This stout man is riding on the donkey. Merciless
wretch!” As soon as the old man heard these harsh words, he got down from the donkey and put his
boy on the donkey. Some other people who were passing along the road saw this and remarked:
“Loot at this cruel boy. The old, weak man is walking. Cheeky, arrogant, young, stout boy is
enjoying a ride. Cruel boy!” Then the old man also got upon the donkey. They both rode the old
animal.Someotherpeoplecriticised:“Lookatthesetwocruelfellows.Theanimalisoldandweak.
These two stout fellows are riding. Both are very, very cruel and heartless indeed!” They both got
down and allowed the animal to walk freely. Some other passers-by remarked: “Look at these two
fools. They have no brains. There is a good animal. They can quite easily ride and enjoy. They are
walking now.” Thus the old man was kicked and tossed about from both sides, like a drum. If you
marry, people will say that you are a passionate man. If you remain unmarried, people will say that
you are a eunuch or impotent man. If you perform Japa, Sandhya, people will remark that you are a
greatreligioushypocrite.IfyoudonotperformSandhyatheywillstillcriticiseyouandsaythatyou
are an atheist. You can never please the world. Bhima advised Yudhishthira: “O Dharmaputra, you
canneverpleasetheworld.”BeabovetheDvandvaofNindaandStuthi,censureandpraise.Donot
bother yourself. Have no fear of public opinion. Rest in Samata.”

Fear of public opinion is a great weakness. One may not be afraid of the knife of surgeons.
He may submit himself fearlessly to extraction of a strong tooth without cocaine-injection or to an
operation without chloroform. One may not have the least fear for wild animals in thick forests; he

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may move about fearlessly in forests. One may not be afraid of the machine gun in the battlefield;
hemayfearlesslyexposehischesttothebullets.Suchfearlesspeoplemaybeafraidofslightpublic
criticisms! They may even die of such criticisms. He who is leading a spiritual life, who has
outgrown society’s fragile man-made rules, must be above public opinion and criticisms. He will
havetoheartheshrillpure,innervoicewithin,thevoiceofthesoulandfollowthisvoiceatallcosts,
despitepubliccriticismsofallsorts.Manyspirituallygreatmenhavegivenuptheirlivestokeepup
their convictions in the path of Truth. You can grow spiritually if you are above public opinion.
Mark how Gandhiji stuck tenaciously to his principles despite public criticisms. Even if the whole
world opposes you, you will have to stick to your principles and fight out, single-handed, even if it
be.

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