The Secret for Growth

It is always my wish and prayer that my students and all those that I know grow with each passing year. As we begin 2010, I would like to share a small story about speaks of the secret for growth, whether it be in your spiritual life, professional life or personal life.

Tansen had been appointed as a musician in Akbar’s court. In his times, to become a court musician was a major accomplishment. You were given immense facilities – a palace to live in, an elephant to move around in, etc. It was a musician’s dream. Upon receiving this news, he made the long journey to visit his Guru Swami Haridas deep in the forest. After sharing the news, he bowed at feet of his teacher and sought his blessings.

“I am very happy that you have accomplished so much. Always stay like this,” his Guru said, “if you want to continue to grow.”

Tansen rose and asked him to explain.

“Observe the posture of one seeking to climb a mountain. He is always leaning forward, keeping his head bowed. Observe the posture of one going down a mountain. He stands tall with his chest out. If you want to reach great heights, you must keep your head bowed and keep your ego in check. When you stand tall, you will no longer be able to go higher.”

Tansen got the message.

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