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Stories for Spiritual Growth

Once a guru went to the house of one of his disciples. The disciple prepared nice food, and after the guru had eaten, the disciple wanted to show his guru-bhakti. In Ayurveda, the haritaki fruit is recommended for good digestion, so the disciple came with haritaki for his guru. The guru said, “All right. Remove the unnecessary things and give me the necessary part.”

That disciple was a speculator, a crooked person. He thought, “Oh, the outer portion of the haritaki is unnecessary and the inner portion is necessary.” So he threw away the outer skin and gave the inner portion, the hard seed, to the guru. But with haritaki the outer skin is necessary and the inner portion is thrown away. That disciple did the opposite because he was a speculator.

His guru could not enjoy the haritaki. “You are such an unintelligent fellow,” he said. “Don’t you know? The inner portion of haritaki is unnecessary. The outer portion is necessary.”
The next day, after the guru had eaten, that so-called disciple brought some cardamom. Remembering the previous day’s event, he thought, “Oh, the guru has taught that this inner portion is unnecessary and this outer portion is necessary.”

So he threw away the inner portion of the cardamom and offered the outer skin to the guru. But with cardamom, the seed is necessary and the skin is useless. That means that those who are crooked, only speculate. They will not accept anything as it is.

Therefore the mahajanas have said that one who is very serious and eager to achieve perfection in his human birth, that is krsna-bhakti, should cultivate simplicity. Simplicity is Vaisnavism.

– Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja

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