TRUE SPIRITUAL LIVING | SEL001 | CH02

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TRUE SPIRITUAL LIVING | SEL001 | CHAPTER 02

|| THE DIFFICULTY IN FOLLOWING THE SPIRITUAL PATH ||

The spiritual path is a razor’s edge in two ways . It is sharp and cutting — as dangerous as the edge of a razor . If we go a little wrong , it will cut our nose .

It is like handling six thousand volts of live wire or even a higher voltage . If we are working with high voltage tension wires and are good engineers , we shall be careful ; but if we are a little blunderous , we know the consequences . The spiritual path is like a high voltage wire . It can spotlight our whole life with a blaze of illumination , or it can burn us to ashes . It can do both things .

One of the admirers of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa once came and said ,

" You touched Vivekananda ; why dont you touch me also ? You gave cosmic consciousness by touch . What mistake have I committed ? Why should I not also be touched ? "

Sri Ramakrishna said nothing , and kept quiet . But this person went on insisting and asking this question again and again :

" Why dont you touch me ? Why dont you touch me ? "

One day Sri Ramakrishna said , " You friend , you want me to touch you ? Come here , I will touch you . You will become ashes just now ! "

" Oh no ! " the person said , and ran away from there . " Dont touch me ! Dont touch me ! Dont touch me ! "

The idea is that there is no use merely being touched by a high tension wire unless we are good conductors of that force . If we are good conductors , we will pass that force through us . We will receive it properly .

Otherwise , it will be like passing 6000 volts through a small filament of an electric bulb that can bear only 220 volts . It will simply fuse in a second and burst . Nothing will be left of it .

Our scriptures tell us that nobody should try to practice yoga unless proper preparation has already made by way of discipline .

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