Light the Lamp Inside You………

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One-night Shankaracharya was desperately searching for something on the street outside his small hut.  When his pupil returned from his errand, he saw this and curiously asked the Master, “Acharya, what are you looking for here on the street at this hour?” Shankaracharya replied, “I lost my needle, I am looking for it.”  The pupil joined him in the search, but after searching for a while, he asked, “Can you try and recollect where you might have dropped it?”

Shankaracharya said, “Of course, I remember. I dropped it near the bed in the hut.”  The pupil, utterly astonished at the strange answer, said, “Acharya, you say you lost it inside the house, then why are we looking for it outside?”  Shankaracharya innocently replied, “There is no oil left in the lamp, so it is pitch dark inside the house. Hence, I thought of searching for it outside, since there is enough street light here.”

While holding back his laugh, the pupil said, “If you lost your needle inside the house, how could you even expect to find it outside?”  Shankaracharya simply smiled back at the pupil and said, “Isn’t that what we do? We run to far away temples and walk up mountains to search for what we have lost inside ourselves.  We also go searching for peace and happiness to some far off places or to Spiritual Masters who we think can give us what we all are wanting desperately. We are always seeking outside what we have lost inside us. Why? Just because it is pitch dark inside of us.  Silly, are we not?”

He then further said, “Light the lamp inside you and find your lost treasure right there in. Once you will find the light inside you, then you will realize who you were, are and always will be Eternal and Formless. There is nothing else to find but your True Self.”

56 thoughts on “Light the Lamp Inside You………

  1. A great story, my dear Kamal 🙂
    Also my Master said: “We are searching for the truth in temples made of stone, without knowing that the truth lies in us.”
    We are like fish that are looking for water – but we are already in the water… we look for the forest and see only trees… as long as we search, especially outside – we will not find the light – the light is in us, God is in us…

    Thanks, my dear friend 🙂 🤗🤗🤗

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