Manipala king of magadha, glory spread in India In his palace, A mirrored hall, center of attraction.
Every time he left the palace and entered he would visit the hall, stand before the mirrors see reflected in them his myriad manifestation and get lost in the majesty and beauty of his handsome physique.
He had many pet animals, among them a huge Alsatian dog inference in looks, found led with biscuits and chocolate.
One day while going outside as usual, in entered the mirrored hall, eyed his multiple reflections with a sense of fulfilment and came out, his pet Alsatian dog was standing outside felt a curiosity to see what the chamber contained, when the entered, he stood before him a myriad Alsatian of his own kind looking at him with animosity and wonderment as he had, the dog thought, Is this a secret? I thought I was the chosen pet, now I see that he goes into this chamber to show my mettle to these creature, Strung with jealousy he growled at them, and gashed his teeth.
To his amazement he found all of them growled at him with as much vigour as he did.
Now he could no longer control his hatred, so pounced on them, and began attacking them. In the evening the monarch, who was so over flowing with the joy returned, went into the mirrored hall. He found all the mirrors had cracked at a height of three feet from the ground , with blood stains.
As he turned around he saw his Alsatian with all its teeth gone, jaws soaked in its own blood lying unconscious in a pool of blood, understood the tragedy.
The ill fated Alsatian instead of enjoying its myriad reflections in its own ignorance, had become a victim of its own hallucination and hence met with his fate.
Moral: The world we live is the mirrored hall. We, who are none other than the Infinite consciousness are the monarch, but veiled by ignorance we come to suffer the throes of agony and thraldom. Instead of enjoying our myriad manifestation in the world of phireality, we like the dog, come to see in our own reflection objects of hatred,sorrow andsuffering.
We ought to identify ourselves with our own supreme self then the mirrored hall will be an object of joy and enchantment, but if like the dog in our ignorance we come into this mirrored hall, we have to eke out only our quota of sorrow and suffering. Walk into the mirrored hall as a God and not as a Dog.
There was a mirror in a palace. The walls and ceilings were all covered with mirrors. Once a dog entered that room. He saw hundreds of other dogs on all sides.
He looked up he saw more on top. The dog was frightened. He began to jump: hundreds of dogs jumped also. He barked and scampered.
All the others too barked and scampered. He pounced barking, biting until he collapsed and fell on the floor.
The remains of the dog were removed. Now a young prince entered the room. He looked at the images.
He admired himself in all of them. Similarly there is only one self.
Thus if you recognise your own self in the pluralistic manifestation of thing and beings in the world you will ever be at rest.
If you do not, if you consider yourself separate from the rest of the world, you will share the fate of the dog.
You will fear that one is going to deceive you, another harm you, another is going to take away something. You will be in continual struggle against names and forms which you imagine to be different from you. Realise this truth and relax.
The Kena Upanishad says:
If One has realized one’s self here, truth is fulfilled, If One does not, it is supremely a great a great loss.