Want vs. Like

” Do not do what you want, and then you may do what you like.”

– Sadasiva Brahman*

This was advice given by the guru Sadasiva to a Muslim warrior who had just cut the yogi’s arm off. Sadasiva replaced the arm and wrote the advice in the sand with his finger (he did not speak). The warrior experienced a purified state of mind and became a disciple.

This, to me, has the same feeling as a Zen Koan- it twists rational thinking into a place where you are forced to stop thinking and simply experience without rational understanding. I’m not there yet!

* The story is related in The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda (Self-Realization Fellowship, 1946)

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