The wise hermit crab

Michael ji Ramaprasad's picture

No votes yet

Hermit crabs are a very interesting creature. They have the ability to move from shell to shell based on the its needs. It they grow too big for a shell they get rid of it and find a new that better suits there needs. They have had that shell for most of its life, but without thinking twice it will leave it behind. Why does'nt the hermit crab not become attached to it's shell? Why does'nt it find the new one and drag the old one around. If you think about it the crab could just put it somewhere safe so that it could visit it and be reminded of all the good times and the bad that it had with it. In fact, the shells a hermit crab accumlated could be equivalent to wealth. The higher quality and quantity of shell the richer that hermit crab could be considered. However, the hermit crab does'nt do that. It just leaves it behind not worrying what may become of it. What if the hermit crab did it not because it not intelligent enough to collect them, but because it was wise enough to leave it behind. What if it knew that he would have no use for that shell where he was going and realized to drag it along would only give him a burden?

Well if the Hermit crab is just a dumb animal then we must be much dumber. If he is wise then we are foolish. How many of us drag along memories, or things or even people that no longer serve us just for our own illusional purpose? Even this shell we call a body will be discarded eventually. Why not remove our burden now and experience peace?

Attachment to things, thoughts, beliefs, and even people that no longer serve us or our goals only lead to a false sense of ownership and thus loss. How can we own that which has no owner? Do we really think that our thoughts are even ours to control and command? If you do why not try a simple experiment I discovered?

Sit some where quite, where you can be alone for at least 5 mins.
Close your eyes and do this for me. Have no thoughts. Thats right.
Think no thoughts. Quite your mind just for a couple of minutes.
No thinking of what you are doing or what you did or even what you do
afterwards. No thinking that this is boring. For that is a thought. Just
stillness, empty mind, nothing.

Now this should be quite simple if you are in control of you throughts. If you are the
owner of your thoughts they should heed your command. So go ahead and try.

If you found you had random thoughts or just even one thought even though
you have commanded yourself not to think, then you have to ask yourself some questions.

"If I am not the owner of my thoughts, who is?"
"If my thoughts are not coming from me, then where are they coming from?"
"And if I dont even own what I thought was my own thoughts, what do I possible own?"

I do not mean to take what I say to extremes, I what I am saying is that by realizing what we need and what we can control, we will better realize who we truly are. So you see if we believe that we can own something then we will believe we can lose it. The fear of loosing something leads to suffering. The idea that we need attach ourselves to something and make it ours is based off the illusion that there is something that we dont already have. We cannot lose that which we never owned and we can not need what we already have. I might be going a little deep here and if you see contradictions, try thinking about them and seeing if you can see what seems to be a contradiction as something that is not a contradiction. Please try the execise and leave me comments and questions and i will address them to best of my ability. God bless.

Phroggy's picture


Control is illusion
Free will is illusion
self is illusion

This is apparent to all who are willing to look. Most are not.

Phroggy | Mon, 01/19/2009 - 19:22
Michael ji Ramaprasad's picture


Yes, Most are too attached to the illusion of seperation. Which has lead to a fear that has the trapped. The truth is I Am Free. I remember this. If there is one who realized this, then it has been realized for all. I remember. There is no learning, no seeking. How can I learn what I have always known and how can I find that which is not lost? And who is this "I" that I speak of? it is not what is seen, because all that is seen is an illusion."I" is the seer or one who see that which is being seen.

Michaelji Ramaprasad

Wú Míng(nameless) in truth

Michael ji Rama... | Mon, 01/19/2009 - 19:38