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“The elephant is like a winnnowing-basket.” Thus they began to dispute among themselves as to the figure of the elephant. A passer-by seeing them thus quarrelling, said, “What is it that you are disputing about ? ” They told him everything, and asked him to arbitrate. That man said, “None of you has seen the elephant. The elephant is not like the pillar, its legs are like pillars. It is not like a big water-vessel, its belly is like a water-vessel. It is not like a winnowing basket, its ears are like winnowing baskets. It is not like a thick stick or club, but its proboscis is like that. The elephant is the combination of all these.” In the same manner those quarrel who have seen one aspect only of the Deity.
-“SAYINGS OF RAMAKRISHNA."*
No religion is perfect that is not founded on truth;.
charity without sympathy is useless; Knowledge is a burden without politeness; what.
better use of wealth can there be than charity. A God without potentiality is no God, religious
meditation without piety is sham; Worship of God without love for him is superficial;
divine knowledge unaccompanied by devotion is
futile. A man who has no spiritual knowledge cannot be
called a preceptor, how can he preach others; Penance is impossible without restraining the pas
sions ; External washing goes for nothing without internal
purity. He is not an ascetic who has no virtue; renunciation
of the world is only nominal so long as there is desire for worldly things ;
* By Max Müller.
A man cannot be said to have experience if his mind
is still a prey to doubts ; for discoveries cannot
be made properly without experience. He who seeks not true God is an ignorant man, Chhotum says with a conviction that the above is the sum and substance of all scriptures.
• A Gujarati poet.
127. RELIGIOUS TEACHERS.
I venerate the man, whose heart is warm,
That holy man who stands immoveable,
Whoso is pure of heart and sweet of speech,
* From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.
Whoso is blind to another's wealth, and dumb in
He who has forgiveness in him is blessed. Who does not lose his courage in times of difficulty, who calls no one good or bad, who sees everything as equal, who is pure externally as well as internally, whose heart is pure as the Gangâ, Tuka says, at such a man's feet he will keep his head, and give him his body.
He that negotiates between God and man,
He that preaches to man, should understand what is in man; and that skill can scarce be attained by an ascetic in his solitudes.
The generality of men receive from teachers some theory or other, which lays down what they ought to desire, and ought to make the prime object of life, and
• From Sir A. Grant's Translation in Fortnightly Review (1867). + A Mardthi poet.
they never test the theory by their own individual experience and practice.
Unfortunately, popular teachers hold conflicting and diverse opinions, and the mass of the unthinking coming, under their influence are swayed hither and thither, and unable to judge for themselves which teacher is right and which is wrong, the general mind becomes thoroughly confused, and evils which are
in extent and disastrous in consequences, result alike to individuals and to society at large.
--JANE HUME CLAPPERTON.
When the master is blind, what is to become of the scholar? When the blind leads the blind, both will fall into the well. *
Cows are many-coloured; but the milk (of all) has one colour only. Look on knowledge as the milk, and on the teacher as the cows.
* From The Works of H. H. Wilson.