paradoxes connected with spiritual Sadhana is that all effort of the aspirant is intended for arriving at a state of effortlessness.
There is a beautiful story of a Kasturi-mriga* which brings out the nature of all spiritual Sadhana. Once, while roaming about and frolicking among hills and dales, the Kasturi-mriga was suddenly aware of an exquisitely beautiful scent, the like of which it had never known. The scent stirred the inner depths of its soul so profoundly that it determined to find its source. Story of Kasturi-mriga So keen was its longing that notwithstanding the severity of cold or the intensity of scorching heat, by day as well as by night, it carried on its desperate search for the source of the sweet scent. It knew no fear or hesitation but undaunted went on its elusive search until, at last, happening to lose its foothold on a cliff, it had a precipitous fall resulting in a fatal injury. While breathing its last the deer found that the scent which had ravished its heart and inspired all these efforts came from its own navel. This last moment of the deer’s life was its happiest, and there was on its face inexpressible peace.
All spiritual Sadhana of the aspirant is like the efforts of the Kasturi-mriga. The final fructification of Sadhana involves the termination of the ego-life of the aspirant. Goal of Sadhana is Self-knowledge At that moment there is the realisation that he himself has, in a sense, been the object of all his search and endeavour, that all that he suffered and enjoyed—all his risks and adventures, all his sacrifices and desperate strivings—were intended for having true Self-knowledge in which he loses his limited individuality, only to discover that he is really identical with God Who is in everything.
The deer whose navel yields musk.
This ends Volume II.