By Joseph Mattappally on 13-07-2011

Once upon a time, there was an ashram
in the Himalayas where a great sage and his disciples lived. They all respected
their Guru not only for his knowledge, but also for his love and kindness
towards all. Because of his kind nature he often accepted disciples who were
spiritually immature. This resulted in silly misunderstandings and quarrels
among some of his disciples breaking the peace and tranquility of the
hermitage. One day the Guru was very disturbed to
see their immature behavior even after his repeated advice. It saddened his
good heart to see his disciples turning into slaves of jealousy and
anger. His compassion did not let him throw anyone out of his
hermitage. Instead, he sincerely prayed to God to give him a solution. He
fasted for many days, and spent the days by himself in meditation and prayer.

After some days of fasting and intense
prayers, he had a vision of the Lord. In the vision, God asked him why he was
sad. He explained everything and requested Him to come to the ashram and free
their minds of jealousy, anger, and desire for power. To his surprise, the Lord
immediately agreed and told him that He would come to the ashram on one
condition: He would come in disguise as one of the disciples, and nobody would
know who was God in disguise.

The Guru announced to his disciples
about his vision and Bhagavan's kind decision to come as one of his disciples.
The disciples were very happy when they heard about Bhagavan's plan to come and
live with them in disguise. But they did not know who Bhagavan was and
everybody was very gentle and considerate to each other thinking that the other
disciple might be Bhagavan Himself in disguise. When they lived like that for a
few months, peace and tranquility filled their hearts as well as the hermitage. In their pure minds, they felt the
Lord's blissful presence and they started treating each other, and thinking of each other, as none
other than Bhagavan Himself in disguise! The whole ashram was reverberating
with blissful positive vibrations emanating from everyone! This great sage and
his disciples told their experience to others and inspired them also to respect
each other and to pranam to the divinity in every one. Since then, everybody
started greeting each other saying “namaste*” with folded hands.

*Namah + te, meaning “I bow to
That (Divinity) inherent in you. Namasthe is the traditional Indian style of
greeting others.

About The Author

Sri. Joseph Mattappally

Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.