The Story Of The Child Who Left Home
Sat tells a story of a child who accidentally wanders away from a very comfortable home and his subsequent journey back to that home. The child is symbolic of identification with the mind and body and how each of us leaves our true nature upon birth and how we can each find Home again. The audio ends with an elaboration of the parable.
The Story of the Child Who Left Home
I like to tell you a story that illustrates everyone that was born in this whole world. The name of the story is “The Story of the Child Who Left Home.” Just imagine that a child was living in a very comfortable home with amazing parents. His food was always provided for him and his school was always there for him to attend. Yet one day he wandered away and could no longer find his way back home. (The child is symbolic of identification with the mind and body; and his journey is symbolic of leaving his true nature.) He ended up in different bazaars, where different merchants were trading goods and conducting their business. Because of this, he became street smart and had to do all he could to survive on his own, which became harder and harder. He did not know any other life and after a while, he just said to himself, “This is my life!”
Then one day, he was sitting there, in a corner of the bazaar, and he was so tired of fighting, tired of fighting just to get a morsel of bread to eat. And then a person came up to him and asked, “Aren’t you so and so? Follow me; I know where your home is.” The child responded, “What home?” That person told him, “Just follow me. I will show you your real Home,” and the child went with her.
The way back home is not any easier than the way that he took when he left home. Nothing that he would do would be acceptable to his Guide, who is leading him back home. The child’s behavior had become so twisted through this journey away from home. The Guide had to teach him so many things all over again, before he could get home otherwise he could not recognize his parents (parents are symbolic of who the child really is - God), unless he was reformed and unless he could drop the entity that was made during his journey away from home; the entity that he now calls “me” and “mine.”
Now, we can ask, “Whose fault was it that the child walked away and got lost? Was it the fault of the parents or the child, or the circumstances?” No, it was nobody’s fault. The child innocently walked out (being born) and wandered away from home, that’s all; it just happened!
Whose fault is it? Who was selfish? Who did this and that? He had to survive and forgot that there is a place awaiting him and that his parents are looking for him. This is the agony of God.
In order to survive, he had to develop lying, selfishness, maybe even kill for what he needed, but then again whose fault is it, if it is even anyone’s fault? In the story, the child in the bazaar was just fed up with all the concepts and numerous things he had to believe in order to survive, which caused him immense pain and suffering. Therefore, he sat in the corner in despondency and the Guide showed up and asked, “What are you doing here?”
On the journey back home, a lot of things had to happen between the child and the Guide. The child had to be untwisted, the Guide had to show the child where his real home is, how to eliminate his new identification with the body and mind, and how to empty his mind from all the clutter during his journey in the bazaar. By showing him the right way, the Guide had to allow the child to experience silence, okayness and the child’s own grandeur. So, by the time they were close to home, the child was ready to embrace and realize his natural state and find his peace and his eternal existence.
By the time the Guide put his hand back in his parents’ (referring to the natural state, stillness, emptiness of the mind) hands, it was as if there was never any distance. The parents could now recognize their own child; they knew each other. The lies were gone, the selfishness was gone, the false identification was gone; he just sat at Home (in his heart) and lived happily ever after.
Nov 26, 2022
(Original story from March 14, 2010)
Sat: On the way back Home, the Guide does many, many things. At first It consoles the seeker, it gives tremendous love and attention and acceptance. Then, It gives a tool on how to process the way back Home. The way back Home has the same scenery, the situations are the same, but it’s the child that is changing. It’s not that on the way back, the bazaar is changing.
So, then the Guide gives the child tools and encouragement, and then some correction and some wisdom and comfort, so that the child has a chance to undo and unlearn, on the way back Home.
Now, the same bazaar that he felt lost and afraid [in] he is going back [through] with more confidence, with more equanimity, but he still sees it all. And sometimes he even might, well, definitely, he will leave his Guide behind and decide he wants to taste the life he had and go into the bazaar, to do some more buying and selling. At that time, the Guide stands in the same place that the child left Him at, and just watches him. And then soon enough, he’s looking back again to where he left the Guide. So, this process happens, where the child has such a habitual wandering, addiction, that on the way back Home he deviates from where he was holding hands (with the Guide) and then he comes back.
The closer you get to your Home, the less wandering you should allow yourself to have. In the beginning, the Guide has a lot of patience, because It understands that the child needs a lot of patience to drop it. Once you get very close to seeing your Parents, the Guide becomes a little bit more stern, helping the child to be able to drop the last (bits). At the same time though, there is always a guidance on how to apply it, there has to always be the application of it. Wisdom is incredibly inspirational, but without the way to apply it, it stays in the mind and it becomes a memory. So, that’s the story of each one of us (laughs), we have one thing very much in common. We are all wandering in the bazaar (continues to laugh).
Now, birth is when you leave Home, it’s not like you are born and then little by little, you go out into the bazaar. Just the fact that you come out of your mother’s body and cry, you’ve left Home and the bazaar starts. So, going back Home … when you get Home, you realize that you were never born. And this was just a trick of the mind. It’s really beautiful when it unfolds, little by little.
Oct 08, 2018