DON’T MAKE A SHOW – STORY
Once, a fox running through village happened to fall in a bucket containing blue color dye.
He got out and saw that it looked as if he was a new species, bluish.
When he ran to the forest, all the animals in the forest were fleeing for their lives.
They thought that a new animal has come from some other planet.
The fox then called all the animals’ and spoke “Don’t fear. I have come from MARS, new planet. I have come to give protection to all of you.”
He called for all animals including lions and elephants.
They all submissively folded their tails and sat on the ground.
The animals of the whole forest came, including the foxes which looked like him. But because it was completely bluish, they thought it is some other new animal, some agent of God.
And then, one of the foxes was very intelligent. He said, “He appears to be like me only.This fellow is putting up a big show.
One day he told all the animals, “Very soon I’ll expose this fellow. He is not from any other planet. He is just an ordinary fox. Although he looks bluish and powerful, you all don’t know. Just wait and see.”
So he went behind a tree and started howling loudly, “oooooooooooooo…”.
This colored fox also had the same nature. So he also started to howl.
The animals became very angry with him when they detected to be no better than a mere fox!
They pounced upon him and tore him to pieces.
MORAL OF THIS STORY:
So in the same way, we can also superficially put up a show for a while.
Gaur kishore das babaji used to sing:
“gaurara ami gaurara ami mukhe bolile nahi chale; gaurara achara gaurara vichara loile phala phale”
“It is not enough to claim oneself to be a devotee; one should learn the mood of Lord Chaitanya Maha prabhu and follow His ideal behavior.”
“loka dekhana gaura bhaja, tilaka matra dhari, gopanete atyachara, gaura dhare churi”
“For the sake of showing to people if we wear tilaka and sing Hare Krishna, but if behave hypocritically behind the screen, Lord Chaitanya will punish us.”
In long run, no one can continue cheating the common people. Without character, one will be exposed. Gentleness, humility, compassion, all these qualities cannot be achieved like quick fix. Without truly taking shelter of Lord by chanting the holy names, such character can never be achieved.
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