Who is in Bondage to Who or What?

Who is in Bondage to Who or What?

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A Sufi Tale

One day the Sufi saint, Sheikh Fareed, was sitting with his followers when a man passed by dragging a reluctant cow behind him.

Fareed asked his followers: “Who do you think is tied to whom?”

His followers answered. “Obviously the cow was tied to the man!”

Fareed continued: “Who is the master of who?”

Everybody laughed at this absurd question. Then replied that, “The man was undoubtedly the master of the cow.”

This was Fareed’s next question. “What will happen if we break the rope?”

The followers answered. “In that case, the cow will run away.”

“And the man?”

They replied: “He will… run behind the cow.”

Fareed sagely smiled.

 

This story truly exemplifies our lives today. Who is really controlling whom? Who is in bondage to who or what? We believe we are the elite race, the ones who are masters of everything. We think we own things; have control over things; but in fact, it is we who are unconsciously or consciously very much slaves to things and other people.

Take for example the Coronavirus, and let us not forget the Bird Flu, Swine Flu and all the rest. Seen from one angle, we could perhaps see it is a case of the animals taking their revenge. So, far the finger is being pointed at the animals, but there are other theories as to the cause of the virus. It may seem that they are the victims and being burnt and buried in masses, but it is the people that are being deprived of their favourite type of “food”. It is now being termed as Karma virus not Coronavirus.

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When hurricanes occur or earthquakes take place, or when there are major floods and tsunamis, this is Nature’s call to us: Do not under-estimate MY force. Nature will go on despite us. Nature does not need us, but we need Nature.

How about a few examples at home. Take for example your fancy BMW, or any car for that matter, those four wheels that get you around. Now imagine the moment it does not work or it is not there, maybe it is in the garage for maintenance. What happens to you? Do you get upset or mad? Or do you smile and say, what a wonderful day! Understand that the moment any of those material things and circumstances take away your happiness, you are a slave to them.

The same can be true of events and circumstances. If you are not invited to your friends’ party when everyone else was, then how do you feel? What happens to your state of mind and heart? Say the technician did not come when he said he would to fix something. How quickly do you lose your patience? When your family forgets your birthday… what happens to your happiness quotient then?

So, see how easily we lose ourselves in these material things? We make things so important, and we become too serious about them as we put all our life into ‘things’. Finally, when we ‘wake up’ and come back to our senses, then we realize that it was not worth the anger eruption, the impatient irritation or loss of our happiness. But by then it is always a little too late. Not only have we lost our peace of mind, but now we have to do repair and maintenance work on our relationships. This will take more out of us; it may even force the ego to be humble, and this will be very painful.

So truly who is in charge of who or what? We are supposed to live in harmony with matter, Nature and other souls. We are not meant to dominate anything, the only thing we need to control is our own mind. The moment I think I am in control, then I am the slave. Remember that the one who is free is the master.

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That is why the world is often called an illusion. We are deceived into thinking we can own, possess, master, control… but in fact this illusory thinking has trapped us. Then we spend the rest of our life trying to get out of those traps. Whether it is through relationships management, recycling waste, or saving this and that.

The problem is not in technology or the number of things being created. The problem lies in our greed for those things. It never seems enough to have what we have. We always seem to need more and more. Which is why we then deplete the planet and wonder why we have all these natural calamities. Of course, anyone would rebel if you took something of theirs. Why would Nature be any different? Really it is all about balance and relationship. When we are not in balance ourselves, then we will create conflict and confusion in our relationships with others. This internal imbalance with spill out in our relationship with Nature which creates further imbalance and chaos, and so the cycle turns.

Why take everything seriously and make everything important? It is just a drama of life and everything is going as per the script. Let me play my part to the best of my ability. What does this mean? It means to live in relationship and harmony. Not from a controlling consciousness. Not just as a worldly consumer. Sadly, this is what has happened with our consumer consciousness. We have forgotten that this world is our home, and we have not been treating our home with love and respect. After we have been and gone from this world, Nature will go on. Then who will be the Master?

So, it would be wise to humble up now, before we are forced by the natural forces to realize that we are not the masters of anything. We are indeed the slaves. The only way to become a master, is by mastering ourselves. We need to only master a few things… our senses, taste buds, desires, greed and… our mind. Then there can finally be peace within, and Peace upon Earth.

It’s Time… It’s time for us to wake up to whatever or whoever is enslaving our mind, to see who or what is ruling our life. Are we the master or the slave? Better to wake up now before the ‘alarm’ goes off and it’s too late!

 

© ‘It’s Time…’  by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK

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