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16.8 At The End Of A Rope

Once upon a time, a travelling fair come to a village. All the village children went running to see it. The village simpleton too was highly excited. But the village simpleton had been told that it is easy to get lost at fairs, so he was quite scared to go to one. But he desperately wanted to go. So he decided to consult one of the village elders. The elder knew that there was no chance for the simpleton to get lost. So he pretended to think for a while and said, "I will show a way of not getting lost." The elder then put a short rope around the village simpleton's neck (not much unlike a necktie) and said, "Whenever you feel lost, just pull at the rope. You will always be at the end of the rope."

The village simpleton tried it a few times and sure enough, he was always at the end of the rope. So he joyfully clapped his hands and joyfully went to the fair. The simpleton walked around the fair feeling good. Whenever he felt that he was getting lost in the crowds, he would pull at the rope around his neck and say, "Aha, here I am." And would continue feeling good.

A village joker was also at the fair and was, as usual, was on alert to play jokes. (Not unlike the fool who is writing this story). When he saw the village simpleton, his heart leapt in joy and an an-had vaja of "Bingo!" came from within him.

He asked the simpleton about the rope. The village simpleton joyfully told him. The village joker joyfully listened.

It was afternoon by that time. And everybody in India takes a short nap in the afternoon! So the village simpleton found a nice shady spot and dozed off. Of course, the village joker did not - this was work time for him! The village joker quietly stole up the village simpleton and carefully removed the rope. Then he went to a nearby sleeping man and carefully put the rope around his neck. Quite satisfied with his work, he retired to a corner.

As soon as the village simpleton woke up, he felt for his rope and, of course, it was gone. The village simpleton started running around in quite a panic, shouting, "I am lost! I am lost!"

Then he came up to the still dozing man. The village simpleton gave a cry of joy and pulled at the rope. The rudely awakened village ooongey was naturally quite cross and said, "##@@@###" (if you want to know what "##@@@###" is, send a note stating that you are over 21 years of age).

The village simpleton explained, "The village elder told me that I will be always at the end of the rope. Therefore, I am you. I amyou."

"OK, OK, Bhenji, WHAT has this post got to do with Naam?

Now, now, my beloved friends, allow me to explain.

You see, the village simpleton is our soul, the village joker is Maya and village sleeping man is our body.

"And who are you? Giani Zial Singh?"

Maya (also known as the illusion queen) has played a trick on us. She has removed the rope of consciousness from our soul and put it around our body. Therefore we think we are the body. We spend a major portion of our lives in beautifying our body and protecting it from death. Whenever our body feels ill, we feel depressed too. Whenever someone says, "Babe, you look mighty fine today," our ego inflates at an exponential rate. We never experience our real selves - our soul.

But there is hope, and naam is it. So let us Jap it with our hearts and soon we will see ourselves.

16.9 Three Holy Men

Bhai Blissful Singh jee, Bhai Wonderful Singh jee and Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee were three gursikhs.

Once they were discussing dasvand (a tenth of Sikhs earnings offered to the Guru) and Bhai Blissful Singh jee said,

"I don't like counting money at all. So taking out dasvand was a hassle for me, until I discovered a very nice way to share the money with guru jee."

Bhai Wonderful Singh jee said, "waheguru waheguru - And what - waheguru waheguru - might that -waheguru - be, pyare - waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru - Blissful Singh jee?"

"I just draw a star shape on the floor. Its radius is of 10 inches. Then I stand 10 inches away from the star and throw all the money towards it. The money that lands inside the star is the guru and the rest is mine."

Bhai Wonderful Singh jee said, "Wonderful - wahe wahe wahe wahe... - idea. Actually, great minds -waheguru waheguru - think alike. I too do the same, except I draw a circle of 10 inches - waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru".

Saying that both of them starting crying out of love for waheguru.

After their tears had dried up, they both looked at Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee.

Now, Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee was a curious holy man. They had never seen him actually sitting down for simran - although, he would talk about Naam all the time and would make up naam-related stories on the spot.

When asked why he was always sleeping during amrit vela, he would roll his eyes up and reply, "O Saints, my spiritual state is such that sleep and simran are same to me. I do simran in sleep and sleep in simran."

Being quite intoxicated in naam, both Bhai Blissful Singh jee and Bhai Wonderful Singh jee would nod their heads and do more "waheguru waheguru..."

When Bhai Is-he-a Singh was asked why he watched TV so much, he would again roll his eyes and say, "O Beloved ones, I see waheguru in all. TV allows me to see many wahegurus at the same time."

On the question on why the TV show "Bay Watch" was his favourite show, he would say, "O saints, waheguru is in each grain of sand. In "Bay Watch" I see millions of waheguru all at once."

(For those of us who are innocent, "Bay Watch" is a TV show in which people run around on the beach).

Anyways, asked about dasvand, Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee replied, "Sikho, I just throw all my money in the air. The amount that the guru wants, the guru keeps. The rest he throws right back."

Waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru...

Presenting the sequel to 3 holy men...

untold thanks to saakhi jee for *inspiration*...

our story unfolds...

You will remember the village joker from the previous story about the simpleton and the rope...

Well happens this same joker over heard Bhai Blissful Singh jee, Bhai Wonderful Singh jee and Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee talking about the various ways of sharing money with guru ji... He stepped right up and introduced himself... "Waheguru waheguru - I’m Giani so-n-so Singh from sach-n-sach Gurudwara sahib... I couldn't over help hearing your intriguing stories... *I didn't understand the last paragraph??? Huh* could you possibly explain exactly what it is you do and illustrate how it is guru keeps the money."

Flattered Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee carefully explained again "Sikho, I just throw all my money in the air. The amount that the guru wants, the guru keeps. The rest he throws right back."

"Hmmmm Giani so-n-so rubbed his beard thoughtfully and does it matter by which method guru ji collects his money while it is in the air?"

Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee replied magnanimously “Singho wahe guru is unlimited and unfathomable there could be any myriad of ways he chooses to keep whatever hee wants, what's important is however much he throws back lands on the floor and is mine to keep."

I see murmured Giani so-n-so, well do you suppose you could illustrate exactly how this is done, I might just like to try this method my self sometime."

"Of course I would be happy to show" you agreed Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee reaching deep into his pockets and pulling out an assortment of bills and coins."

The village joker reached deep into his own pockets and just as the money was tossed very high in the air he pulled out a large kerchief quick-as-a-wink spread it open wide and ran around catching the bills and coins and they fell back towards the floor.

"Clink" a single coin hit the floor. Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee stood looking stunned with his mouth open un-able to say anything...

"waheguru waheguru" prompted the village joker-aka genii so-n-so giving him wink and a smile humming "waheguru waheguru" under his breath while quickly strolling off with his kerchief stuffed full before Bhai Is-he-a Singh jee could come to his senses.... "Thank you guru ji, this will come in quite handy managing the affairs of sach-n-sach Gurdwara sahib"...

waheguru waheguru waheguru waheguru....

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