A SPLENDID METAPHOR ABOUT GOD-REALIZATION
The state of the man in the boat is that his hands are tied and hence he cannot take an active part in moving the boat his life. He only breathes in and out. This breathing, which is an exchange of sanskaras, moves his boat. If he breathes in a good way and creates good sanskaras, the wind blows in such a way that his boat is led to a boatman who is a Sadguru. The boatman has dived into the ocean and now again swims to the surface of the water. He grasps the helm of those boats which come to him.
The boatman unties the man's hands and actually drowns him in
the ocean. The moment he is drowned, he realizes that "I myself am
the ocean." Now instead of remaining in the ocean, he surfaces and
takes command of the boat over which previously he had no
control, but which now comes under his control and he begins to
move it wherever he wishes.
LORD MEHER, 1st USA ed, vol. 3, p. 957, Bhau Kalchuri
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