Synopsis of the Story of the
futility of the vEdic and other actions to grant
Self-Knowledge, set down by Saint SrI
sADu Aum in His text 'The garland of the Spiritual
Instruction of SrI ramaNA'.
Translation by R.K.
There were these
householders doing penance in the 'tArukA forest'. Lord
SivA willed to redeem them by showing them the path to
Then, He assumed the form of a beggar. Thus, He entered
the tArukA forest. Lord ViShNu then assumed the form of a
'mind-bewitching' beautiful woman.
Upon seeing the beautiful woman, the householders got
deluded. They then forgot the daily vEdic rituals
enjoined upon the householders in the vEdAs.
They started following this beautiful woman, overpowered
Their wives got bewildered by the divine lustre of the
beggar. They lost their self-control. They also started
following the beggar uncontrollably.
Seeing the delusion that has overtaken their wives, the
householders were enraged at the beggar. Then, they
started performing some vEdic rituals chanting some vEdic
chants. Then, there arose from the vEdic fire, different
weapons and wild animals.
These were directed at Lord SivA. But, Lord SivA assumed
the weapons as His own. And, He killed the wild animals.
The householders saw that the fruits of their powerful
vEdic actions were powerless before the Lord.