A yogi finishing his meditation on the bank of the Ganges River noticed something curious.
A scorpion was in the river struggling to get to land.
The yogi being wise and spiritually advanced understood a vital truth:
Spirit lives in all creatures, great and small.
So he arose from the lotus position, reached into the river and gently grabbed the scorpion to help him to land.
Immediately, the scorpion stung the yogi… and an autonomic nervous system reaction caused him to drop the scorpion back into the water.
The yogi then gently rescued the scorpion from the water with his other hand.
The scorpion then stung the Yogi’s other hand, which again caused him to drop the creature back into the water.
Seeing that the scorpion would soon drown, without more than a couple seconds hesitation the yogi again reached into the water to rescue the scorpion.
You can probably guess what happened. The scorpion stung the yogi a third time.
As he reached into the water to save the scorpion a fourth time, his chela who had watched this entire event unfold shouted, “Let the wretched creature drown or he will sting you a fourth time, Guruji.”
“Of course he will sting me again, my son,” said the yogi. “He is a scorpion. That is his dharma. My dharma is to save him.”
You’ve probably heard of “karma,” haven’t you? But do you really know what it is? Karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
Many believe that you can never escape your karma. But the Bhagavad Gita reveals that there are ways to be free of karma.
However… you can NEVER really get away from your dharma.
I was so naïve when I first joined the Dayton Police Department. I believed that I could be a blue knight, swooping in at the nick of time to save people.
It didn’t take long for that delusion to get jolted back to reality. In fact, it hapened during one of my first family trouble calls.
I barreled through the front door to see a guy beating his wife who was on the floor in a fetal position with her hands protecting her head.
I grabbed him by his belt, threw him against the wall and started issuing some strategically positioned blows to his solar plexus and thighs with my PR-24 baton to “loosen him up” for handcuffing.
As soon as I got the first cuff on, I felt a heavy “thud” on the back of my head. A lamp had been broken over the back of my pretty lil’ noggin.
Trying to regain my balance… with blood gushing from my head (head wounds always look scary because they bleed a LOT)… I turned around to see who broke a lamp over my head. I assumed the bad guy had an accomplice who was helping him escape.
Take a wild guess at who attacked me from behind using a lamp as a weapon.
Yup… the guy’s wife I just saved from a brutal beating.
And that’s just one of HUNDREDS of stories that made me realize that I sure as hell wasn’t ever gonna live this delusion of being a knight while working as a Dayton Police officer.
Fast-forward 25 years to 2011. The year the Marketing Camelot was founded.
Finally… my dharma of knighthood was at last fulfilled.
And MUCH more important, I’ve knighted thousands of others.
Although most people never do (because of ignorance), you can be free of karma.
On the other hand, you can try to deny it…
Run from it…
Hide from it…
Pursue material pursuits in order to avoid it…
Make excuses and put it off until “some day”…
But you’ll NEVER be free from your dharma.
At least not without severe, and often eternal consequences.
Listen, if you know deep within your heart that YOU are a knight… a warrior… destined for a life of noble service to your fellow man…
Even if there’s no evidence to back up that feeling…
Then do this:
All the best,