Pearls and the pebbles

April 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm 14 comments

It is too often that we tend to mistake the chaff for the grain and end up making false assumptions and wrong inferences. In our haste to make conclusions and pass judgements, we deny ourselves the precious insights that a more analytical and discerning observation would have afforded us with.  Opinions thus formed blur the vision and colour the thoughts as we become prisoners to our own prejudices and preconceptions.  Tainted arguments marshalled, facts twisted and plain truths ignored, all aimed only to support a predetermined idea that foreclose any new evidence that might suggest a conclusion that is in divergence to the one already formed.

The shores of the ocean are littered only with pebbles while it’s mostly the messy weeds that float on its surface.  And, based on such a spurious observation, to declare that the vast ocean has only pebbles and weeds to offer would be a gross travesty of the truth. To find precious pearls one need to dive deep into the depths of the ocean and scan many a cave, cavern and coral for they are never found drifting  on the surface or tossed up by the waves. The prized possessions are always only for the diligent and for the one willing to go beyond the superfluous and who is receptive to new dimensions that open up on his life’s voyage.

The sweetest, the precious and the priceless are always encased inside a tough, hard and bitter exterior. While the cool and soft kernel of the coconut is hidden deep inside its rock-like fibre, it’s the bitter rind of the orange fruit that preserves the sweet juice within.  Diamonds are concealed in the rocky veins and the dark and bitter honeycombs are a glorious deception to the nectar that they hold. Just as it would be foolish to pass the uncut diamond as a piece of rock, as absurd as to ignore the honeycomb as a tasteless waste, it is equally insane to vilify thoughts and visionaries only because they do not subscribe to our preconceived notions or directly challenge our existing state of understanding.

While the truth could be very obvious to a few of those who have the needed insight, it would require calmer and deeper enquiry for many others to perceive the same. Though the sculptor already envisions the image of the figure that he is chiselling out of the hard rock, it becomes increasingly obvious to the onlookers only when rough edges give way to the smooth contours of a definite sculpture.  But at the end, everyone sees the same image in all its beauty, irrespective of how they looked at it before. So too the pristine truth stands majestic, unadulterated by the biases and prejudices of many of its critics, for it is its own authority and witness.

This has been the same fate even with the Avataric personalities down the ages. Many of his contemporaries mistake him as just another incidence of a human birth and run him down with calumny, falsehood and a concerted smear campaign. For, they are too timid to make a little effort to know the truth that would have opened up a new awakening and thus a more purposeful existence.  They could only be pitied and sympathised for they know not what they are indulging in. If only they let go their little egos and practice a little sadhana through the three-fold path of Service, Adoration and Illumination, the truth of SAI would become obvious.




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Celebrating Failures

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  • 1. Balakrishnan  |  April 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    True. Mother nature treasures its valuables for the ardent seeker. There were few and far between like Vivekananda who realized the value of the greats like Ramakrishnan Paramahamsa. If the seeker is not committed he gets lost in transit. Have you visited Madhura Meenakshi Temple? It is full of distraction carved in stone. Only the genuine indefatigable devotee with full devotion reaches the sanctum sanctorum. Others fail gauge value the opportunity and let go of one-in-a- million chance to break free.

  • 2. Ravi Vaidyanathan  |  April 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Great Stuff. Great language. Reminds me of some old english writer.

  • 3. umesh jairam  |  April 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Eventhough too philosophical, it is 100% correct on what you have dealt with. Your words speaks lot of inner-sight.

  • 4. rekhabaala  |  April 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Good one! Well explained… the work of great men are always questioned, every time! But ultimately, faith triumphs! Good work never goes unacknowledged! For your info, the SAI Group in Muscat goes by the name Serve And Inspire 🙂

    • 5. chapter18  |  April 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks for the encourging comments, Ravi,Balu, Umesh and rekha.

  • 6. Rajesh  |  April 20, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Very well said. It’s rare to find such gem of article by English bloggers of Indian origin. Most of them have borrowed thought process as a result of TB Macaulay and as a result malign everything Indian. I’ve bookmarked this blog and will read all of your blogs. I came here from your comment on the article Ramdev: A political force for the good?

    • 7. chapter18  |  April 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks Rajesh for the comments.

  • 8. Viny  |  April 21, 2010 at 12:11 am


    Nice article. I find that the thought, “Think well before you act” has been expressed well here.

  • 9. faizan  |  April 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    The article is very well composed. It is indeed thought provoking.

  • 10. quirky  |  April 25, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Very impressively written.

    I think the truth needs to be thoroughly investigated before it shows itself. The ocean is an apt metaphor.

  • 11. Bea Turvey  |  July 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Enlightenment, whether it be spiritual, emotional, physical or personal is a difficult task to master and we are often blinded by society’s teachings and the consumerist ideal. Your well-defined article highlights the most fundamental of problems facing every society, the loss of perseverence and reflection. I work in a school and everyday I see the unaware disillusionment of the young desperate for the next quick burst of entertainment, too impatient to strive for the greater rewards that could be theirs through a little diligence. In a society where technology has given us more time for reflection we choose instead to squander it in mindless pursuits of pleasure. Don’t mistake me, all children need time to play. Unfortunately, there is no value given on time to ‘reflect’. They listen to the teacher, do the homework and go no further to untangling the threads of knowledge they are thrown.
    Thank you for commenting on my blog and thereby giving me the opportunity to read some of your work. I love it. Your eloquence is a joy to read.

    • 12. chapter18  |  July 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

      Hi Bea Turvey,
      Thanks for visiting my blog site. Your comments are very profound and for me, they are quite encouraging.


  • 13. shylalight  |  July 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    What a wonderful piece of work, you express yourself with such eloquence and beauty, its such a shame that only those awakening or already on the path to enlightenment will read and fully appreciate your words.
    Taking both your words and the comment by Bea Turvey, how do we help children to ‘reflect’. How do we help people stay on the path of commitment to enlightenment? Does it need to be an individual experience or does a community of support help?
    How do we tackle the media that so pollutes our world with negativity and ego-based ‘realities’?
    I see a world where health and happiness abides, where children are encouraged from birth by their parents to take time to meditate and understand the energy that surrounds us. A world where love is the driving force and positive vibration heals and enables our psyche to evolve past our ego into …? Into what? Another stage of evolution for all of mankind to live in peace?
    I see this world and I see people like yourself with the tools to make this happen. I delight in the reading of your thoughts and hope more insightful truths come forth.
    As for me, I have taken this challenge upon myself, to tackle the media and provide a balance of positive energy, to tackle the minds of adults and to reach the children of our future x

    • 14. Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch  |  November 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Satnam, apologies for hijacking your blog.
      Sylalight, it has been over a year and I am intrigued to know how you have fared in your endeavour to ‘tackle the minds of adults and to reach the children of our future’. A herculian challenge. Tell me, what implements did you deploy and what strategies came to play in your efforts? By what scale did you measure your success and were your endeavours recognised by the very individuals to sought to deliver from ignorance?


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