“Think the Thought”

Once upon a yogi time, a man saw Simha—the lion—and said, “Oh what a specimen, what a beautiful creature. We shall cage and lock him up, so we can look at him whenever and wherever we wish. We can even charge a dollar and make money because other people would like to see such a beautiful creature.”

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Men came out with ropes to catch the lion. After he was caught, they placed Simha in a cage and they tied him up. The lion thought, “Oh, the men will return shortly.” He waited without food and water, but they never returned. Feeling weaker, the lion pushed and pulled until he had no more strength in his arms. His heart thundered so hard until it too failed. Finally, laying there exhausted, tied up on the ground, Simha thought, “I am captured. I am defeated.”

All of a sudden, he hears in front of him an itsy, bitsy, tiny little voice saying, “Oh giant King of Beasts, Lord of the Jungle, my king, can I help you?”

Simha looks up and sees a tiny little mouse. Indignantly the king says, “How can you help me—the King of the Beasts?”

The itsy, bitsy, teeny, weenie, little field mouse answered, “By chewing through the ropes.” In so doing the lion was freed from the ropes. He then used his nose to unlatch the cage and escape.

The lion of life is the spiritual side of your being. But oft-times we become enmeshed in the ropes of ignorance and scattered mind. Whether they are of our own making or whether they are of another’s making is unimportant. The ropes must be cut. The simple, insignificant thought that we pay so little attention to is symbolized by the field mouse. If you can call upon it, the mind will think the thought that will free you from the ropes of bondage.

What is that thought? The thought of self-awareness. The thought, “I can be free.” There is such a thing as freedom if I can conceive the thought and because I can conceive the thought. It is that small thought—freedom—that gnaws away at the ropes of my bondage and the ropes of your bondage, until we become free.

Jim Chase