Finding Peace (05/28/08)
Dear M____ Dāsa,
I read your email with interest.
I heard a story once about a man who always wandered across India in search of a place he could call home. In spite of traveling to many places, he could not find a place that suited him, and so finally one day he just stopped searching and stayed in that particular place. He was dull, morose and never happy. He kept thinking that home was, for him, somewhere else.
One day a sādhu came to his door and, seeing that he was not happy, he asked him what might be his trouble. To which he replied that he was not happy because he could not find a place that he felt was his home.
The sādhu replied that our real home was not in this material world. The sādhu informed him that the relationships of friendship, family and love in this material world were based on a false concept of the body as the self. The sādhu informed him that as long as he held on to material attachments, he would continue to suffer. The sādhu advised our friend that he needed to learn to be at peace with himself and with God. However, seeing that our friend was too attached to material relationships and reluctant to catch the truth of the sādhu’s words, the sādhu bid him farewell.
After a few steps the sādhu turned and said, “All for the good. All is perfect by Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement. Find Kṛṣṇa and you find peace.”
OM TAT SAT
Swami BG Narasingha