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Ego and the connection with nature

When your ego becomes strong, your ability to connect with Nature is disturbed.


Ego and the connection with nature

 T his is an incident from the days right after my enlightenment when I was in Tamil Nadu in South India.

Because the eyes were not processing any information, there was no fear inside..

One evening, I was sitting in a very relaxed mood in a forest. My eyes were open, but I was not seeing anything, as there was no information going inside and getting processed. There was a huge snake lying about three feet in front of me. Because the eyes were not processing any information, there was no fear inside. I was sitting and the snake was also so relaxed and comfortable.

Then slowly, my mind came down to the normal plane and I had a thought, ‘Oh, there is a snake.’ Then the next thought came, ‘I should move away.’  The moment the thought ‘snake’ came in my inner space, I saw very clearly that the snake

also felt disturbed that there was a man in its presence.

..the moment I had the fear, immediately the snake also felt the same insecurity

Until I felt ‘There is a snake,’ the snake never felt that I am a man. Until I felt the fear, the snake never felt threatened by me. Neither did I have fear nor did the snake have fear. But the moment I had fear, the snake also got fear. It was not that the p h y s i c a l d i s t a n c e between us re d u c e d . Just the thought ‘snake’ came in me and I was clearly able to feel there was a disturbance, a restlessness, in the snake’s inner space. The moment I had the thought ‘I should move’, the moment I had the fear, immediately the snake also felt the same insecurity, the same threat. Immediately, the snake started moving, even before I started moving.

When your ego becomes strong, your ability to connect with Nature is disturbed.

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