Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Frog Experiment

The Frog Experiment
Author: Kulbir Singh
Date: 03-27-03 10:23

Vaheguru jee ka Khalsa Vaheguru jee kee fateh!

If you place a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to scramble out. But if you place the frog in room temperature water, and don't scare him, he'll stay put. Now, if the pot sits on a heat source, and if you gradually turn up the temperature, something very interesting happens. As the temperature rises from 25 to 35 degrees, the frog will do nothing. In fact he'll show every sign of enjoying himself. As the temperature gradually increases, the frog will become groggier and groggier, until he is unable to climb out of the pot. Though there is nothing restraining him, the frog will sit there and boil.


This is the frog experiment that I promised I would post. When the Sikhs are directly attacked from outside, we immediately tend to fight back and get all upset about it. The perfect example of this is the Operation Blue Star. Like the frog who immeditately tries to get out when placed in a pot of boiling water, the Sikhs too fought back with vigour when they were attacked directly.

When the Sikhs are attacked by indirect means as the RSS is doing, Sikhs don't realize that they are being attacked and actually enjoy attention up to some extent just as the frog enjoys when the temprature is gradually increased from 25 degrees to 35 degrees. After that the frog gets groggier but does not really try to free himself. Eventually he just sits there and gets boiled. I am hoping that we the Sikhs, will not just sit there and boil.


Now this whole experiment can also be looked at from a personal point of view. I am pretty sure that if any of us (the Tapoban Sangat) is prompted to commit any of the 4 bajjar kurahits, we will vehemently fight against it. We will actually feel disgusted with even the thought of it. This is comparable to the frog jumping out of the boiling water.

Now let us compare our situation to the frog sitting in room temparature water pot and the temparature is increased to 35 degrees. This happens when a Khalsa who is not a player of advance stages of spirituality, sits in front of TV to watch news for example. After watching it for sometime, he might get tempted to switch channels and might notice a very good movie playing (the pot is heating up). He or she tells his mind that this movies is harmless. This way slowly, he or she is entrapped into watching inappropriate stuff on TV. It all began with watching only news and there is nothing wrong in doing so. But we need to keep ourselves aware of the traps we might fall into.

Same thing happens with internet while chatting or other form of communication by youngsters with the opposite sex. What starts as a innocent, harmless and sometimes religious conversation, slips down to developing feelings for that person. Then that Khalsa youngster gets stuck in the pot and the temparature rises beyond 35 degrees. The Khalsa begins to notice that this inappropriate chatting or communication is effecting his or her spiritual life but like that frog in the pot, he does get groggier but fails to jump out of the pot i.e. fails to break such relationships. Eventually he or she gets boiled in this terrible pot of maaya.

Fire can burn a house but fire also has numerous benefits. If we misuse fire we can do a lot of damage to ourselves and to others. Water too is of great uses but if one just jumps in deep water one can drown. The viraat-roop of water can be viewed by looking at Niagara Falls. TV, Internet or other such things are like fire and water. They are not bad on their own but when we misuse them, they can destroy your life.

The choice is ours. Do we want to be like this frog and get boiled or we want to be vigilant about what we do and always place our spiritual life above everything.

What happens when we do other things and sacrifice amritvela? We lose amritvela and on the other hand the things or tasks that avoided the amritvela do not grow out to be fruitful. If we keep our spiritual life as top priority, we cannot lose in any field. Guru Sahib never lets his Sikh down anywhere and in front of anyone.

Kulbir Singh


Blogger Sifar said...

So, what do you suggest? Should we put up the TV, and computer on garage sale. I know what you mean, but it is only applicable to personal level. One can watch a movie and still remain untainted from the effect of it. Now i dont mean by this that one can watch a sexually explicit movie and still remain untainted. when i say a movie, I mean a General viewable one. Similarly, one chats or surfs the web, and as soon as he/she find anything inappropriate happening, get off... Now, I know different ppl. have different standards of up to what is acceptable. But if all think with Gurmat i.e. what according to Guru what standard should be, there is still a way to escape the effect of maya....

Bhul Chuk de Khema...

Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:14:00 AM  
Blogger Naam Vairaag said...

I blogged Bhai Kulbir Singh Jees post because it is very relevant to the youth as they fall into this trap very often, amritdharhi or not. The youth are looking for this perfect match, "soul mates" they are also looking to fit in to society by chatting to others and maintaing a large circle of friends. This can often lead to things which they did not mean to happen and will later regret. Maya and the 5 vices are such that they creep up on us. Be chatting less and watching les and instead using that time in a Gursikhi manner such as doing vichar of gurbani or doing naam simran we will gain fruit in the next harvest.

Monday, April 24, 2006 6:35:00 AM  
Blogger Sifar said...

Very true. Can't agree any more.

Chardi Kala....

Monday, April 24, 2006 1:58:00 PM  

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