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Bakabandhana nyāyaḥ (catching crane)

A man had a wish to capture a crane. He devised a tedious plan. First he secures a piece of butter, which he put on crane's head. Then he waited until the sun heated the butter, which than melted, ran down its head over its eyes, which blinded the crane. In that moment the man seized the opportunity to catch the crane. Later he belauded himself amongst his friends, describing in detail the foolishly complicated plan to catch the bird.

Why to perform actions in such a complicated manner? If that man had the opportunity to put the butter on crane's head, why he did not catch it then? Man is proud of his actions, whatever stupid they might be. Such foolishness is the result of turning one's back on Kṛṣṇa. Than one turns towards dark and ignorant site of Kṛṣṇa's creation. Kṛṣṇa-bahirmukha haïā bhoga vāïchā kare nikaṭa-stha māyā tāre jāpaṭiyā dhare. He becomes deep-steeped in ignorance, performing useless, redundant, unbeneficial and harmful acts, which he presents as great artistry and accomplishment. But that is only a spectacular performance of an magician to attract the public's adoration. Spiritually advanced persons perform actions in effective, quick, pleasing, senseful, and artful manner. In another words, what is the benefit in clumsy imitations of that what the creator had already done much better, unless one want to impress foolish public. A man imitating barking is attracting attention over usual barking of any dog.


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