KATHA : THE
You must take
every step in Sadhana or in Samsara, only after
deep deliberation and satisfying yourself that it will be for
your good. Otherwise, it will be like the story of the weeping
city. One day, a close female attendant of the Queen came to the
Palace weeping in great sorrow, and so the Queen began to shed
tears. Seeing the Queen in tears, the entire zenana wept
and the weeping spread to the male attendants too. The King, finding
the queen inconsolably sad, also wept profusely in sympathy, and
the sight made the entire city weep loud and non-stop.
At last, one sensible fellow set in motion
an inquiry, which passed through person after person until the
Queen herself was accosted. She said that her attendant was
in sore grief. When she, a washerwoman by caste, was interrogated,
that it was all due to the sudden demise of her favourite donkey!
When the news spread the weeping ceased and there was widespread
laughter and shame. Reason out, discriminate. Do not rush to
conclusions or be led away by mere hearsay.