Voice of the Cloud

Motivating anecdotes or stories: Voice of the cloud

The voice of the “Cloud” is the voice of the Bodhisattvas, “the saviours of humanity”. It is the voice which warns us against sensual pleasures.
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In a beautiful, allegorical story, we read of the “Cloud” as manifesting itself to a company of merchants who have set sail for the “Jewel Isle.” They are shipwrecked and fall into the hands of alluring women on another island. The women receive them hospitably but wish to entice them. The women appear beautiful, but finally prove to be man, eating monsters! They are at once alluring and devouring they represent the world of the senses which tempt us and swallow us.

Over the island of these alluring women moves the figure of the “Cloud,” the “Saviour,” appearing, from time to time, soaring through the sky and calling outKo paraga?” “Who will go to the other shore? It is the cry of the ferryman “Ko paraga?” “Who will go to the other shore?”

The voice of the “Cloud” is the voice of the Bodhisattvas, “the saviours of humanity”. It is the voice that warns us against sensual pleasures. The voice of the “Cloud” is the voice of compassion.

It is the voice that calls, “O ye that wanders in darkness and is weary! Come out of darkness into light, the light of the other shore where wisdom shines and peace abides!”

It is the supreme voice of the Bhagavad Gita. It says, “Give’ Give!” Give the wealth of your heart, your loving service, your dedicated life! For in agony is the world. Your treasure, sons of the sages of the East! is not your bank accounts or cash certificates, not your silver, not your gold.

Your treasure is the treasure of your heart. The wealth of the world is no better than the world itself, passing, transient. It is the wealth of loving service which you are asked to give to the poor, and be blessed!

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