What is our plight in this world today and what must we do to raise ourselves? Bhagawan lovingly reminds us through profound imagery.
This is the story of every one of you. This world is the jungle in which you roam; fear is the lion, which drives you up the tree of samsara – worldly activities. Anxiety is the bear that terrifies you and follows your steps in samsara; so, you slide down into attachments and binding deeds, through the twin roots of hope and despair. The two rats are day and night, which eat away the span of life. Meanwhile, you try to snatch a little joy from the sweet drops of egoism and ‘mine-feeling’. Finding at last that the drops are trivial and out of reach, you shout in agony for renunciation, calling on the Guru; the Guru appears, from within or beside you, and saves you from fear and anxiety. When you call out in all sincerity, the response will certainly come! Give up all low desire and call from an anguished heart.
– Divine Discourse, Nov 24, 1965.