Samartha Ramdas Swami was a great Saint from Maharashtra, India.

He was the Guru of Shivaji, a great and pious king of 17th century Maharashtra.

One day, as the king and His Guru were inspecting some construction in the royal palace, the king thought:

“Indeed I am a great king, how well I take care of all my subjects!”

The Guru, in His Omniscience, read His disciple’s thoughts and decided to correct his thinking immediately.

The guru decided: ‘This king is proudly thinking that he is protecting his people. He is thinking that he is the doer. He should be brought out of this pride.’

There was a huge boulder nearby.

Ramdas Swamî asked some of Shivaji’s soldiers to break it into two.

When His request was carried out, everyone present witnessed an incredible sight.

They saw that the rock had a small water-filled cavity with a little frog in it! As soon as the boulder was split into two, the encaged frog jumped out, breaking free.

Samartha Ramdas Swamî now turned to Shivajî and asked, “If you feel that you are taking care of everybody in this kingdom, then tell me who was taking care of the frog trapped in the rock?”

The king realized his mistake and felt remorse for his egotistical thinking.

He realised that it was God who had created everything and took care of all His creation.

Moral :

One should do everything, including spiritual practice, with humility.

Spiritual practice done with an attitude of surrender would eventually give the experience of the truth that God alone is Almighty and the Creator of all.

Once we start to think that we are the doers, all our devotional practices will have no effect because devotion with ego is not recommended.

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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