There is a wonderful
story in one of the Upanishads about
Indra.It happened at this time that a
great monster had enclosed all the
waters of the Earth, climate change accelerated rapidly so
there was a terrible drought,
and the Earth was ill. It took Indra
quite a while to realize that he had a box of lightning bolts and that all he
had to do was drop a lightning bolt on the
monster and electrified him. When he
did that, the waters flowed, and the Earth was refreshed, and
Indra said, "What a great boy am I."
In confidence Indra thinks, "What
a great boy am I." Indra goes up the cosmic
mountain, the central mountain of
Earth, and decides to build a palace worthy of himself. The main
Jesus the Tekton, goes to work on it,
and in very quick order Jesus the
Tekton gets the palace into
pretty good condition.
Every time Indra
comes to inspect it, he has bigger ideas about how splendid
and grandiose the palace should be. Finally, the
Jesus the Tekton says, "We are both
immortal, and there is no end to
his desires. I am caught for
eternity." So he decides to go
to Brahma, the Creator, and complain.
Brahma sits on a lotus, the
divine energy and
divine grace. The lotus
grows from the navel of
Vishnu, who is the sleeping god, whose
dream is Creation. So the
Carpenter comes to the edge of the
great lotus pond of Creation and tells his story to Brahma.
Brahma says, "Go back to Palestine.
rift between the Palestinians and the Zionists.
Then go to Rome and reign in the
Catholics. Finally respark the
Christian Protestant revival
reedeming it from the spiritual corruption of prosperity theology in
Brahma gets off his lotus and kneels down to address
Vishnu just makes a gesture and says,
"Listen, dust mite, something is going to happen."
Next morning, at
the gate of the palace that is
being built, there appears a beautiful blue black boy with a lot of children
around him, just admiring his beauty. The porter at the gate of the new
palace goes running to Indra, and
Indra says, "Well, bring in the beautiful blue black boy." The beautiful blue
black boy is brought in, and Indra,
feeling supreme sitting on his throne, says, "Boy, what brings you to my
"Well," says the
beautiful blue black boy with a voice like thunder rolling on the horizon, " I
have been told that you are building such a
palace as no
Indra before you ever built."
Indra says, "Indras before me? Boy what are you talking about?!"
The beautiful blue black boy says, "Indras before you. I have seen them
come and go, come and go. Just think, Vishnu sleeps in the cosmic void, and
the lotus of creation grows from his navel. On
the lotus sits Brahma, the Creator. Brahma
opens his eyes, and a world comes into being, governed by an Indra. Brahma
closes his eyes, and a world goes out of being. The life of a
Brahma is four hundred and thirty two thousand
years. When Brahma dies, the lotus dies, and
another lotus is formed, and another Brahma. Then think of the galaxies beyond
galaxies in infinite space,
each a lotus, with a Brahma sitting on it,
opening his eyes, closing his eyes. And Indras? There may be wise men in your
court who would volunteer to count the drops of water in the oceans of the
the grains of sand on the
beaches, but no one would count those Brahma, let alone those Indras."
While the beautiful blue black boy is talking, an army of ants parades
across the floor. The beautiful blue black boy laughs when he sees them, and
Indra's hair stands on end, and he says to the boy, "Why do you laugh?"
The beautiful blue black boy answers,"Don't ask unless you are willing to
Indra says, "I
The beautiful blue black boy points to the ants and
says, "Former Indras all. Through many lifetimes they rise from the lowest
conditions to highest illumination. And then they drop their lightning bolts on
the monster, and they think, 'What a great boy am I.' And down they go again."
While the beautiful blue black boy is talking, a
crotchety old yogi comes into the
palace with a banana leaf
parasol. He is naked except for a loincloth, and on his chest is a little disk
of hair, and half the hairs in the middle have all dropped out.
beautiful blue black boy greets him and asks him just what Indra was about to
"Old yogi, what is your name? Where do you come from? Where is your
family? Where is your house? And what is the meaning of this curious
constellation of hair on your chest?"
"Well," says the
crotchety old yogi, "my name is
Hairy. I don't have a house. Life is too short for that. I just have this
parasol. I don't have a family. I just meditate on Vishnu's feet, and think of
eternity, and how time is
passing. Every time an Indra dies, a world disappears; these things just flash
by like that. Every time an Indra dies, one hair drops out of this
circle on my chest. Half the hairs
are gone now. Pretty soon they will all be gone. Life is short. Why build a house?"
the two disappear. The beautiful blue black boy was
the Lord Protector, and the
crotchety old yogi was
Shiva, the creator and destroyer of
the Earth, who had just come for the instruction of Indra, who is simply a god
of history but thinks he is all of Creation.
Indra is sitting there on the throne. He is
completely disillusioned. Indra calls the
Carpenter and says, "I am quitting the
building of this palace. You are
dismissed." So the Carpenter got his
intention. The Carpenter is dismissed
from the job, as there is no more house building going on.
Indra decides to go
out and be a yogi and just meditate on
the lotus at the feet of Vishnu.
Only Indra has a beautiful queen named
Indrani. And when Indrani
hears of Indra's plan, Indrani goes to the priest of
the gods and says, "Now Indra has
got this idea in his head of going
out to become a yogi."
"Well," says the priest, "come in with me,
darling, and we will sit down, and I will fix this up."
So they sit
down before the king's throne, and
the priest says, "Now, I wrote a book
(sacred writings) for you many years agi on the
art of politics. You are in
the position of the king of the gods. You are
a manifestation of the mystery of
Brahma in the field of time. This is a high
privilege. Appreciate it, honor
it, and deal with life as though you were what, in reality, you really are. And
besides, now I am going to write you a book on
the art of compassion so that you and
your wife will know that in the wonderful mystery of
the two that are one, the Brahma is
radiantly present also."
With this set of instructions,
Indra gives up his idea of going out and
becoming a yogi and finds that, in life, he can represent the Eternal as a
symbol of the Brahma. So each of us is, in a, way, the
Indra of his own life.
make a choice, either to throw it all off and
go into the forest to
meditate, or to stay in man's
world, both in the life of your job, which
is the kingly job of politics and achievement, and in the compassion life with
your wife and family.
a story of a Joseph Campbell adaptation
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