An essay donated by Amarjit Singh
Two stories about being possessed by possessions
The old man and the Westminster chime clock:
I was in a shoe sale near Swanley in Kent, England and saw a lovely Westminster chime clock for sale. "One proud owner," said the market trader. "Look at it its pristine condition; very well looked after."
It had a fantastic chime, just like the one we had back home in Tanzania when I was a little boy some 50 years ago. As the Clock chimed the chimes took me back to that period. I must buy this clock I thought.
As I was about to pay for the clock, Sai Baba suddenly appeared next to me in
the shoe sale.
Baba said, sternly: "Amarjit do you really want this clock?''
I replied ''Yes Baba hear the chimes and look at it, its fantastic.'
Baba looked at me in a bemused fashion and then said: "Okay buy it, but look who will come to your home with it." He motioned to the old man polishing the clock.
Baba then said ''Its the old owner he has passed away. However he does not realize this. He was so attached to his possessions that when he died, he did not realize that he was no longer alive. Every night he comes to polish the clock and also to wind it. Do you want him in your house?
Baba continued: "I say to you Amarjit: 'Practice attachment and detachment always, so when your time comes to passover -- to leave this body -- you do not become so attached to your possessions that you fail to see the hand of the angels who will come to take you.'
Attachment means holding onto things dearly as if you cannot live without
them as if your very happiness and existence depends on them (sexual
relationships, family , revenge, home, land, cars etc.). These are the invisible
strings that tie you to the external world and they will not allow your soul to
recognize your death when it comes!''
George and his model trains:
I was sitting in my office in the hangar at Biggin Hill Airport with my son Shonu, chief engineer Ashley. George Hammond -- one of our customers, about 56 years-of-age, and a very good friend -- walked in. We have flown many hours together. He is a lovely man very full of compassion. He does a lot of charity work for the community. George owns two light aircraft which we repair.
I looked at George and saw that he was disturbed. I asked: "What is your problem; you don't look happy."
George said " Singh I do have a problem and I don't know what to do. I have 2 large rooms in my home where I have some 5,000 pieces of model trains. Christies' auctioneers have drawn up a contract for me to sell them in the auction. I just cant sign it "
As George said this I looked at him and standing beside him was a green model train.
I described the train to George and he said: "Singh, this is my favorite train. I Have played with it for many hours. How can you see it standing next to me?"
As he spoke, suddenly the model train started to speak to me: "Amarjit: tell George I speak for the trains and we cannot bear to be parted from George. He has given us a lot of love. We cannot bear the parting and we cannot accept him selling us !" I thought I had gone mad that a train could talk.
I told George the message the train had given to me. My son Ashley and George were looking at me as if I had lost my mind. They asked if I was all right.
As they questioned me, Suddenly Sai Baba ji stood in our office. I said "Sai Baba ji I am going mad; how can a train talk to me."
Sai Baba ji replied "Amarjit, George has given so much of his devotion & love to the trains that he has awakened their God consciousness." Sai Baba explained that every particle of creation has God consciousness. "What you can do is to recite some Mantras and ask for the ties that bind to be dissolved."
I asked George if he wanted these ties to be dissolved. He agreed.
As Sai Baba ji says: "Energy follows thought. What we think manifests if not in this dimension then in another. So even our thoughts must be pure all the time. What or who we are thinking about is actually happening in another level. The other person is affected by our thoughts. So the only attachment we must have is with God.
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Initial posting: 2009-OCT-04
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