Episode # 344 – Why is “INNOCENCE” important for our spiritual growth? An important discussion!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed key learnings that we can imbibe from “Meenaha” (Fish), “Pingala” (Woman) and “Kuraraha” (A small boy). We had witnessed how we shouldn’t get trapped into the “maya” with regards to taste (just like the fish). Similarly, we also witnessed how we should always instil the faith on Bhagawan that He would protect us somehow, just like the woman does. Finally, we had also witnessed how a child-like innocence is required for us to grow both spiritually and personally in our life. Just like how the child doesn’t keep any grudges in mind, even after a bitter fight with a friend, we should also try and move on with things easily. There is no point in keeping unwanted grudges against someone for something in this world. This would only hamper our spiritual progress and we would be revolving amidst the ocean of “Samsara” again and again.

Moreover, when we talk about innocence as a quality, we’ve set the base in the yesterday’s episode itself, as to how “Mahatmas” and “Yogis” are an epitome of this quality. The higher we score on innocence, more open are we to learn new things and more is the compassion towards everybody around us. This is where we see that great “Mahatmas” are child-like in nature. They would never expect anything from anybody and would just magnanimously take whatever comes by them. As per our Sanaatana Dharma literature, this innocence is one of the highest qualities that a spiritual seeker should focus on developing. This is again directly correlating with the sense of “detachment”. Why do we think Yogis and Mahatmas are completely detached? It is only because they are extremely strong in innocence that they never expect anything from anyone. They are in their own world, thinking of Bhagawan all the time and are least bothered about things that happen around them. Hence, innocence is something that we’ve to inculcate within us as we move forward. Of course, I’m not saying that all of us should become “Sanyasins” from tomorrow. That’s not the point here. We focus heavily on innocence here because, only if we have this quality within us, we would be able to grow as a person. On the other hand, if our ego takes over in a big way, it serves as a mental block and we would eventually shut ourselves from whatever advice and guidance we get.

In fact, we’ve witnessed this same thing that happened to Ravana, Duryodhana, etc. No matter how much Vibhishana, Mandodhari, Kumbakarna, etc. tried to convince Ravana that he has to give back Mother Sita to Bhagawan Rama, he never paid heed! This is where the lack of innocence transformed to lack of openness to people’s ideas and suggestions, which in turn led to Ravana’s destruction once and for all! Similar was the case with Duryodhana as well. Inspite of so many people including Bhagawan Krishna Himself advising him to handover the portion of the Hastinapura kingdom to the Pandavas, Duryodhana had to meet a ghasty end to his life, because he was totally devoid of this innocence in him. Whereas, Udishtra (Dharma-Putra) was an epitome of this innocence and he was open to learning loads and loads of Dharma from Bhagawan Krishna and various other sources. Ultimately he had the opportunity to attain Moksha as well, isn’t it? Hence, this is where the characteristic of “innocence” and “openness to learn” assumes lot of significance.

Moving on further thus, we shall now witness the key learnings from the next important aspect – “Kuraraha” (A bird). We must have heard this story repeatedly during our childhood days – A crow was having a “Vada” in its beak and was roaming around here and there. Upon seeing this “Vada” in the crow’s beak, many other crows and animals came by and started chasing it. Unable to bare the torture from the others, the crow drops the “vada” from its beak and flies away! Similarly, in our personal or professional life too, if we have something under our possession that is very attractive to others, people would start beelining around us. This is not because of true friendship or anything – But because of that attractive item that we have. If however, if we drop that off our possession tomorrow for whatsoever reason, nobody will come near us! We might be wondering that till yesterday everybody were flocking behind me, but today why isn’t there anyone behind us! The reason is the attractive item that we had till yesterday. This attractive item might be gold or money or house, or whatever!

In fact, this is the prime reason behind lot of property disputes that we see in today’s scenario. In many families we keep seeing fights between the father and son owing to property sharing. If the father would have been a popper, will any son come close to the father? Majoritily the answer would be a big “No”! It’s primarily the property and the money that attracts the sons towards their parents at many occasions, which is a very sad state of affairs today! Thus, we should learn from this anecdode that no matter how rich or poor our parents might be, we shouldn’t be opportunistic towards them. As a responsible son or a daughter, we should perform all our duties towards our parents – Both when they’re alive as well as after their departure to Vaikunta!

So for today, let us understand the idea of innocence in a deeper way, along with the important lesson that we can learn from the bird. So far thus, we’ve witnessed nineteen different items and the key learnings that we can take from each of them. We are still left with six more of them. Let us hence wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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