Alertness, Awareness are terms that one comes across many self help and spiritual books…

Words at times fail to crack or penetrate this fortress of the esoteric ..the mystic maze..as these qualities are experiential in nature..deeply intrinsic in nature…one senses these experiences…

However stories have this uncanny knack…an ability to transform the mystic subtlety into a sharp and piercing flash… an opening.. a crack..from where the mystic essence can seep in… An “A-HA” moment..

And one such story I recollect having read from my child hood days…and a bit of co-relation..

The story goes…

Once upon a time there was a king… a kind king.. who was going bald 😦 Now he could not come to terms with his baldness….And so he ordered his physician to find a cure for his baldness… The physician being a wise old man…(historically…wisdom is normally conferred upon old men only… don’t know the reason why…)knew that there is no cure of baldness…(at-least in those days)….

And that the king would not take “NO” as an answer for his baldness…

So the wise physician prepared an oily concoction…and handed the king a bottle of this specially prepared oil.. to be applied onto his scalp…and viola.. within no time there would be hair growth so thick… that sunlight would not reach the kings  scalp….

BUT… as with all stories of yore… there was a catch… read Terms and conditions apply in today’s world 😉

That at the time of applying the oil… the king under no circumstances.. should think of a “MANGO“.. If the faintest hint of a Mango crossed his mind… the oil would lose all its magical and trans-formative powers…The King readily agreed…

And next day just when about to apply the oil… the king was suddenly struck by the thought of a Mango… from out of the blue….from nowhere…a Mango appeared .. the king was mighty disappointed…He was however hopeful and all the more determined not to let the Mango interrupt his oil therapy the next day..

The next day… just as he was about to apply the oil and the Mango again appeared out of nowhere…the king was furious with himself… he could not fathom this new found fetish for mangoes that he had developed from nowhere…

And day after day… the king was growing wild @himself… for the darned mango popped at the most crucial juncture of his oil therapy…

And soon enough the king realized his folly that he would never ever be in a position to apply this oil in this lifetime…as the Mango had become too deeply entrenched is his mind….the more he tried to forget… the more he remembered…

And gradually the king started “accepting” his baldness…there was no more a fight within him… there was no more a struggle within him to fight the natural onset of age and change…

And now for the co-relation…

On similar lines…. we tend to get angry….very angry… swept of our feet… not aware of what struck us….

All that is needed is the realization… … just before anger is taking us over…is an interjection…”That now I am feeling angry”… And once you are forewarned that anger is taking over you…anger no longer has got that dominant power over you….no longer can sweep you off your feet…it is De-fanged…

All that is required is this Mango Moment…

Just like how a forewarning of an approaching storm has one better prepared…we are not caught unawares ;-)…we are not swept away by the flood….

Hopeful that this example should help drive clarity of awareness/alertness…its easier said than done… its just like trying to grab a slithery snake…slippery…yet possible..Perhaps this is what Evolution is .. in this journey called Life…

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