Author: A CompilationPublisher: Divine Life SocietyYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 199ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170520371
Truth is simple. Simple are the words of God-realized saint. How simply our Gurudev, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, states the subtlest of spiritual truths, so that even laymen can understand! The Sage's compassion is such that he wants the truths of the scriptures to be made available to all, to whatever intellectual level they may belong. Therefore, he has literally exhausted all the methods of stating the truth. He has written commentaries on ancient texts; he has presented learned theses on metaphysical questions; he has narrated them in the form of interesting stories; he has given laconic expression to them in aphorisms; he has vividly dramatized them in his plays; he has sung them in songs and woven them into sublime poems; and now comes another potent method of instruction-the Parable. The story is interesting; the mind readily grasps it. The spiritual truth which is the other side of the story automatically gets inerasably lodged in the mind. The truth becomes not only clear, but indelible.These Parables are of incalculable benefit not only for the Sadhaka to meditate upon, but for the spiritual propagandist-with the parables he can drive his sermon home into the heart of the audience.
Publishers’ NoteBhakti CommandmentsGlory of Rama Nam Part One Philosophy and TeachingsChapter One – PhilosophyParable of The Butter Hidden In The MilkParable of The Crow On The House-TopParable of The King’s DreamParable of The Woman Who Wanted To Adorn Her ReflectionParable of The Jack-Fruit In The CourtyardParable of The Man And His DogParable of The Zamindar And His AgentParable of The Lost Wrist-WatchParable of The Door-MatParable of The Camel’s SatisfactionsParable of The Passenger And His LuggageParable of The Man Who Lost His MindParable of The Greedy PilgrimChapter Two - The Supreme Purpose of Human BirthParable of The Boy Who Watered The RootParable of The Pandit And The ShawlParable of The Cat In The HammockParable of The Prostitute And Her LoverParable of The Jalataranga Player And His CupParable of The Koshakara BirdParable of The Man Who Was Afraid of MosquitoesParable of Two BusinessmenParable of The Two Birds And GarudaChapter Three – The Glory of The GuruParable of The Blind Leading The BlindParable of The Cunning Man And Four FoolsParable of The Millionaire’s MessengerParable of The Pseudo-BhaktaParable of The Brahmanishtha And His DiscipleParable of The Good-Natured Youth And The Beautiful GirlParable of The Well-Cooked FeastParable of The Suspicious Man Who Got DrownedParable of The Luxurious ManParable of The T. B. PatientParable of The Deluded PilgrimParable of The Sheep And The WolfChapter Four - The Sadhaka’s EquipmentParable of The Mourning BirdParable of The Professional BargainerParable of The Gardener And The Shep HerdParable of Jaggery God’s NaivedyaParable of The Patient Poor ManParable of A King And His HawkParable of The King And The AstrologerParable of The Bearded Man And GruelParable of The Heiress Who Marries The Ugly ManParable of The Snake And The RatParable of The Woman Who Advertised Her Connubial ExperiencesParable of The Bigoted DevoteeChapter Five - The Path of ServiceParable of The Elephant’s BathParable of The Mother’s TrickParable of The Boy Who Purchased One Brinjal For The RupeeParable of The Honey And The CreeperParable of The Ghee-DyspepticParable of The Man Who Washed Mud With MudParable of The Two TravellersParable of The Zamindar’s PalaceChapter Six - The Path of God-LoveParable of The Tailor’s NeedleParable of The Ant And The LizardParable of The Inveterate Old ManParable of The DacoitParable of The Blessed MouseParable of The Millionaire And Three BeggarsParable of The Wood-Cutter And Lord YamaParable of The Brainy BoyParable of The Nobleman’s CharityChapter Seven - Conquest of MindParable of The Ants And Mountain of SugarParable of The Girl Who Stopped The Policeman And The ThiefParable of The Poor Man And His Treasure-TroveParable of The Weeds In The FieldParable of The Cheating PostmasterParable of The Man Who Cut The Cow’s UdderParable of The Advocate’s TurbanParable of A Hundred ChildrenChapter Eight - The Path of The WiseParable of The Grain And The HayParable of Four Learned ScholarsParable of The Boy And The CandleParable of The People Who Died of FearChapter Nine - The Nature of The JivanmuktaParable of The Hunter’s DreamParable of The Torch In A Dark RoomParable of The Child And The ShadowParable of The Fire’s PollutionParable of The Cows And The Scratching PillarPart Two - Other ParablesParable of Raja Janaka And The PanditsParable of The Old Lady And The NeedleParable of The Mother-In-Law And The BeggarParable of The Young Man’s BoonParable of The Sadhu And The SwordParable of The Boy Who Could Not Tell The TimeParable of The Bird And The Cotton-FruitParable of The Man In The Python’s MouthParable of The Boy And The AngelParable of Water And FireParable of The Opium-Smokers And Moon’s ReflectionParable of The Husband And The WifeParable of The Pet ChildParable of The Man And His Mud-HorseParable of The Philosopher And The Broken MirrorParable of The Brahmin Who Escaped RainParable of The Conductor Who Fell off The BusParable of The Manager Who Removed The Hands of The ClockParable of The Boy And His ShoesParable of The Masked Boy And The MouseParable of The Children’s Quarrel Over Mud-HousesParable of The Man Who Pretended To Be A Woman At Booking officeParable of The Bullock-Cart DriverParable of The Puranjana MaharajaParable of The Unwary DeerParable of The Laconic SpartanParable of Mahmud And AyazParable of “the Dramatic Show”