DIFFERENT DIVINE RELATIONSHIPS
June 18, 2004
Friday Meeting

Kakaji often explained the types of relationships a devotee can have with one's guru with the following analogies:
(1) Fish - a fish's parents usually keep their eggs in a specific place, sometimes protected, and often left alone. The baby fish are mostly independent from birth and it is their responsibility to follow their parents. Thus if a strong wave comes and the fish are caught while immature, they are susceptible to danger and can be separated from their parents. In this relationship, the disciple follows the master, but is not immune to hurdles on the spiritual path.
(2) Monkey - as parent monkeys go through their day-to-day lives, it is the infants' responsibility to hold on to the parent. In this relationship, the disciple links to the master, but the relationship is limited by the disciple's hold.
(3) Cat - a parent cat carries its kittens with its mouth and feeds them. The cat is responsible for the total welfare of its young. An outsider may see the cat holding its kitten in the same way it holds a mouse, but there is a big difference, and the kittens are completely protected. In this relationship, the disciple completely surrenders to the master and the master controls the disciple's progress.
(4) Hen - a hen looks after its chicks by not only guiding them, but also teaching them to live in a group. The hen guides the entire group, while watching from far and is always ready to help should any danger arise. Living amongst others, the chick matures while being protected by the hen. In this type of relationship, the master places the disciple with a group and monitors and shapes the progress of all the group's members.
Kakaji explained that the last relationship is a very powerful one, fostering suhradbhaava (heartfelt oneness).

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