Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
I had delivered a class based on a verse from the book, the Bhagavatam, 11:7:38, at the temple in Potomac. The entire chapter seven is very instructive as it expounds upon the concept of guru—the concept of giving guidance. It is in this text that Sri Krishna shares the example of how a sadhu learned about life from gurus known as the mountain and the tree. I will simply copy the purport to the verse.
“Great mountains bear unlimited quantities of earth, which in turn gives sustenance to innumerable forms of life such as trees, grass, birds, animals, and so on. Mountains also pour forth unlimited quantities of crystalline water in the form of waterfalls and rivers, and this water gives life to all. By studying the example of mountains, one should learn the art of providing for the happiness of all living entities. Similarly, one may take excellent lessons from the pious trees, who offer innumerable benefits, such as fruits, flowers, cooling shade and medicinal extracts. Even when a tree is suddenly cut down and dragged away, the tree does not protest but continues to give service to others in the form of firewood. Thus, one should become the disciple of such magnanimous trees and learn from them the qualities of saintly conduct.”
Here Sri Krishna tells of two gurus, or teachers, that we find in nature. It is through the words of the sadhu that we discover, in addition to the mountain and the tree, there are other elements which become instructors, totalling twenty-four. This is an incredible, educational offer to all of humanity and that’s why the book, Bhagavatam, is such a gem.
May the Source be with you!