Once, Shriji Maharaj sent Muktanand Swami and 200 sadhus to Surat. They all stayed in an old building. Across from this house was a mansion. There, a monkey, although it was bound by a leash, jumped up and down all day. Throughout the day, Muktanand Swami would give discourses to the sadhus, during which most sadhus would be distracted by the monkey’s antics. Every so often, the sadhus would sneak a peak to see what the monkey was doing.
“Anyone here who hasn’t looked at the monkey please stand up,” Muktanand Swami said.
Surprisingly, only one sadhu had not looked at the monkey. He had been facing down, turning a mala (rosary). Slowly, Gunatitanand Swami stood up. He addressed Gunatitanand Swami, “Our minds are just as mischievious as this monkey. Even then, you did not look towards the monkey…. Indeed, a great achievement! Even I glanced once at the monkey this morning.”
So focused was Gunatitanand Swami that once he was seated in the assembly, he would not be distracted by anything else. Gunatitanand Swami teaches us: We must develop the ability to concentrate while we are studying, sitting in sabha, turning the mala or doing any task.
Seeing these and many other qualities in Gunatitanand Swami, reminded the other paramhansas that Swami was no ordinary sadhu; he was someone special.
INSPIRATION: We should learn to focus and tame our mischievous mind.