Parables

Parables

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Item Code: IDK550
Author: Swami Chinmayananda
Publisher: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8175970375
Pages: 130 (16 B/W Illustration)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
Preface

None of these stories that are attributed to me are really mine. These are Stories that the old Mahatmas had told us while we were learning the scriptures at Rishikesh and Uttarkasi.

This is an old method-an intelligent application of audio-visual method of education imparting Vedantic knowledge. The ideas expounded in Vedanta are extremely subjective and therefore supremely subtle. Chances of misunderstanding or vaguely understanding are more than that of true understanding or right comprehension. As a methodology in communication of scriptural knowledge, our ancient masters found that examples given from the gross outer world can perhaps correctly illumine the subtle inflections in the sensitive march of ideas in Vedanta.

Don't take these stories literally and apply them to the entire idea or concept each claims to illumine; no example or story can do this. The finite can never illustrate or totally bring into the vivid comprehension of the limited intellect the Supreme, the Infinite. Our equipments are limited; language cannot but stammer in its despairing limitation to express the beauty of all beauties. These parables can bring out in all brilliance the total light in each one of jewels of Vedanta. Those of you who read each one of them and give sufficient thought to its implication can be benefited greatly in gaining a clearer glimpse into the subtle imports that are intelligently suggested by the pregnant mantras of the Upanishads and the galloping stanzas of the Bhagavad Geeta.

Contents

1The V.I.P1
2The Cook and The King 7
3The Unseen Hand of God 16
4 The King of Kasi 22
5 Even This Will Pass Away 27
6The Genie and The Brahmin 33
7 Madhu and The Mathematics Professor 39
8 The Exhibition 45
9 The One In The Many 51
10Please Turn Over 56
11 The Mirrored Hall 60
12 The Beggar Turned King 63
13Renounce and Enjoy 69
14 The Anchorite and The Malacca Cane 73
15 Food Poisoning77
16 The Marwari Merchant 80
17 The Vivacious Lady And The Mysterious Box 85
18 Space Birds 91
19 That Thou Art 96
20 The Tiger's Mash 101
21 The businessman and The Rogue 105
22 The Criminal and the President 108
23 Beware of the Hunter 113
24 BE A Light Unto Thyself 117
25 Precept and practice 121
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