Parables of Swami Sivananda
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Parables of Swami Sivananda

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Item Code: IDL149
Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8170520371
Pages: 200
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.2 inch X 5.0 inch
Weight 140 gm
Publishers’ Note

Truth is simple. Simple are the words of God-realized saint. How simply our Gurudev, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaja states the subtlest of spiritual truths so that even laymen can understand! The Sage’s compassion is such that he wants the truths of the scriptures to be made available to all to whatever intellectual level they may belong. Therefore he has literally exhausted all the methods of stating the truth. He has written commentaries on ancient texts; he has presented learned theses on metaphysical questions; he has narrated them in the form of interesting stories he has given laconic expression to them in aphorisms he has vividly dramatized them in his plays he has sung them in songs and woven them into sublime poems; and now comes another potent spiritual; the parable. The story is interesting the mind readily grasps it. The spiritual truth which is the other side of the story automatically gets inerasably lodged in the mind. The truth becomes not only but indelible.

These Parables are of incalculable benefit not only for the Sadhaka to meditate upon but for the spiritual propagandist with the parables he can drive his sermon home into the heart of the audience.

 

Contents

 

   
Publishers Note v
Bhakti Commandments vii
Glory of Ram Nam ix
Part One
 
Philosophy And Teachings
 
Chapter One: Philosophy  
Parable of the Butter Hidden in the Milk 3
Parable of the Crow on the House Top 5
Parable of the King’s Dream 6
Parable of the Women who wanted to Adorn her reflection 8
Parable of the Jack-fruit in the courtyard 10
Parable of the man and his Dog 14
Parable of the Zamindar and his Agent 16
Parable of the Lost wrist watch 16
Parable of the Door mat 18
Parable of the Camel’s Satisfactions 20
Parable of the Passenger and his Luggage 22
Parable of the man who lost his mind 23
parable of the Greedy pilgrim 25
Chapter Two The Supreme Purpose of the
 
Parable of the Boy Who watered the Root 27
parable of the Pandit and the Shawl 28
parable of the Cat in the Hammock 29
Parable of the Prostitute and her lover 30
Parable of the Jalataranga player and his Cup 33
parable of the Koshakara Bird 34
Parable of the Man who Was Afraid of Mosquitoes 35
parable of Two Businessmen 36
parable of Two Birds and Garuda 39
Chapter Three The Glory of the Guru
 
Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind 41
Parable of the Cunning Man and four Fools 43
Parable of the Milionarie’s Messenger 44
Parable of the pseudo-Bhakta 46
Parable of the Brahmanishtha and His Disciple 48
parable of the Good Natured Youth and the Beautiful Girl 50
parable of the Well-cooked feast 52
Parable of the suspicious man who Got Drowned 55
parable of the Luxurious man 57
parable of the T.B. Patient 58
parable of the Deluded Pilgrim 60
parable of the Sheep and the Wolf 61
Chapter Four The Sadhaka’s Equipment
 
parable of the Mourning Bird 64
parable of the Professional Bargainer 66
parable of the Gardener and the Shepherd 67
parable of Jaggery God’s Naivedya 69
parable of the Patient poor Man 70
parable of the a king and his hawk 75
parable of the King and the Astrologer 77
Parable of the Bearded man and Gruel 78
parable of the Heiress Who Marries the Ugly Man 80
parable of the Snake and the Rat 81
Parable of the Woman who Advertised Her connubial Experiences 85
parable of the Bigoted Devotee 86
Chapter Five: The Path of Service
 
Parable of the Elephant’s Bath 88
Parable of the Mother’s Trick 89
parable of the Boy Who Purchased One Brinjal for one Rupee 90
Parable of the Honey and the creeper 93
parable of the Ghee-dyspeptic 95
Parable of the man who washed Mud with Mud 96
Parable of the Two Travellers 97
Parable of the Zamindar’s Palace 99
Chapter Six: The Path of God Love
 
parable of The Tailor’s needle 102
Parable of the Ant and the Lizard 103
parable of the inveterate old man 105
parable of the Dacoit 106
parable of the blessed Mouse 107
Parable of the Millionaire and three Beggars 109
Parable of the Wood cutter and Lord Yama 112
Parable of Brainy Boy 113
Parable of the Nobleman’s Charity 114
Chapter Seven: Conquest Mind
 
Parable of the ants and Mountain of Sugar 117
Parable of The Girl who stopped the Policeman and the Thief 118
parable of the Poor man and his treasure trove 119
parable of the Weeds in the field 121
Parable of the Cheating postmaster 123
parable of the Man Who Cut the Cow’s udder 125
Parable of the Advocate’s Turban 126
parable of the a hundred Children 127
Chapter Eight: The Path of the Wise
 
parable of the Grain and the Hay 130
parable of the Four Learned Scholars 131
parable of the Boy and the Candle 133
Parable of the people Who died of fear 134
Chapter Nine: The Nature of The Jivanmukta
 
parable of the Hunter’s Dream 136
Parable of the Torch in a Dark Room 137
Parable of the Child and the Shadow 138
Parable of Fire’s Pollution 139
Parable of the Cows and the Scratching Pillar 142
Part Two
 
Other Parables
 
Parable of Raja Janaka and the Pandits 145
Parable of The old Lady and the Needle 146
Parable of the Mother-in-Law and the Beggar 147
parable of the Young Man’s Boon 148
Parable of the Sadhu and the Sword 154
Parable of the Boy who Could not tell the Time 156
parable of the Bird and the Cotton fruit 157
Parable of the Man in the python’s Mouth 157
Parable of the Boy and the Angel 158
parable of water and fire 159
parable of the Opium-smokers and moon’s reflection 162
Parable of the husband and the wife 163
Parable of the pet child 166
parable of the man and his mud-horse 168
parable of the philosopher and the broken Mirror 169
Parable of the Brahmin who Escaped Rain 171
parable of the Conductor Who Fell Off the Bus 172
parable of the Manger who removed the Hands of the Clock 173
Parable of the Boy and his Shoes 174
parable of the Masked Boy and the mouse 175
parable of the children’s Quarrel Over Mud-house 176
Parable of the man who pretended to be a Women at the booking office 177
parable of the Bullock cart Driver 179
Parable of the Puranjana Maharaja 181
parable of the unwary deer 186
parable of the Laconic Spartan 187
Parable of Mahmud and Ayaz 189
Parable of The Dramatic Show 190

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