An expert mountaineer was climbing a steep cliff.

The man saw a young mountaineer climbing towards the top of the cliff slowly. He appeared to be afraid and struggling.

The young mountaineer was looking down frequently and looking up, thereafter, pausing for a few minutes and then resuming climbing again.

The expert mountaineer saw this and was agitated. It is not ideal while climbing a mountain to look down as the fear of heights could take over the sense judgement as the brain is generally starved due to the less amount oxygen at the higher levels. It is always better that one keeps thinking of one’s goal and proceeds further without looking down.

So, the expert mountaineer screamed aloud to the young mountaineer, please do not look below. Focus on the cliff and keep climbing. Avoid looking down, it is never advisable to do so.

The young mountaineer was adamant. He kept looking down again and again.

The expert mountaineer did not relent. Each time the young mountaineer looked down, the expert mountaineer screamed his advice loud.

Finally, the young mountaineer reached the cliff looking down infrequently. The expert mountaineer also reached the cliff sometime after.

The expert mountaineer asked the young mountaineer, “My dear friend, I had advised you many times not to look down, why were you not listening? Are you so deprived of oxygen that your brain is not functioning?”

The young mountaineer replied politely, “No Sir, I am fine. I was looking down with a purpose.”

The expert mountaineer queried, rather sarcastically, “What could that be?”

The young mountaineer replied, “Well Sir, I have used this rope and equipment to climb this mountain. There were many places along cliff where a minor failure could have cost me a lot including my life. I was just looking down in acknowledgement how my guide had secured everything to keep me focused on my goal whenever I crossed such a place.”

The expert mountaineer was emphatic, “Well, my advice is nevertheless very important you know. You did not look back that frequently after listening to my advice isn’t it?”

The young mountaineer replied, “Sir, I stopped looking down frequently, thereafter, as I had crossed all places of failure and was reaching the summit. My guide had advised me to follow this process to reach the summit. I have, thus, sincerely following his advice.”


As we practice our Krishna Consciousness, we are striving to attain Krishna Prema as enunciated by none other than Lord Krishna Himself as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that was kindly distributed by all the Acharyas

The latest trend of mentor/mentee process and fundamental has already been ingrained in the Vedic system as Guru parampara (with a Guru & Sishya relationship).

There will be many other people offering free advice not knowing what we are trying to achieve. Therefore, that advise would only become nothing more than a distraction from what we are trying to do. We should listen to what others say, lest we may appear disrespectful. Who knows, there may be a divine pastime of the Lord that we have not yet learnt.

However, we should endeavour to differentiate between what is favourable and unfavourable. Then, we should be able to ignore the unfavourable advise.


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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