Insight - "Shemushi": [09] Equanimity

Published: 14.01.2009

Equanimity

In the field of spirituality, equanimity has the utmost value. Even ordinary persons can reach the heights of greatness.

A dull dejected disciple came to his guru. Seeing him the guru asked, "Is there anything you want to say?"

"Yes Gurudev!" the disciple replied politely.

The guru said - "Go ahead, tell me what is on your mind.

The disciple folded his hands and very respectfully said - "Gurudev! I am very dull. I am incapable of scholarly pursuits and in memorizing Agamas. How can I ever improve myself?"

To encourage the disciple, the Guru said - "Ma Rush Ma Tush" try to assimilate this invaluable principle. Doing so, will definitely be good for you.

The disciple was not well versed in Sanskrit, so he learnt by heart it as "Mash Tush", but he understood the real meaning of the mantra was equanimity and faithfully applied it to his life.

While he was travelling from village to village, he saw mash. He thought that just as the mash and the Tush are separate, similarly the soul and body are separate. While deeply pondering over this he attained the Kevalagyan.

It is rightly said - "The sun is red while rising and it is red while setting. Similarly, great men maintain equanimity in times of prosperity as well as in times of adversity."

Sources
Edition: June, 2003

Publisher: Jain Vishva Bharati Ladnun

English Translation: Samani Mudit Pragya

Price: Rs. 50.00
Printed by: Shree Vardhaman Press

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  1. Agamas
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