The First Birth
Naysar was a wood cutter. He was a very religious and a pious person. He used to work hard in the jungle, cutting the woods and giving them to the king for use in the kingdom. He was poor, but rich at heart. He heartily helped anyone he met. Before having his meal, daily he would look for someone who needed food. Only after feeding such a person, he would himself eat.
Once, it so happened that while cutting logs in the jungle, he saw a group of Sadhus passing by. A Sadhu is the one who has attained Self-realization. It is one of the five most respected and praiseworthy spiritual statuses (Panch Parmeshtis) to whom we pay our obeisance by reciting the Navkar Mantra.
The sadhus had lost their way in the jungle. It was lunch time. So, Naysar approached them and offered them his food. He fed the sadhus with great love and devotion. In return, the sadhus preached true religion to him. Owing to his great virtues and pious feelings towards everyone, feeding the hungry with love and serving the sadhus with great devotion, Naysar attained samkit, also known as samyak darshan or self-realization. He realized, “I am the permanent Soul and the mind, speech and body are all temporary”. His inner vision changed due to this right belief instilled in him to see temporary things as temporary and permanent things as permanent.
From this point, one’s worldly life begins to end and one begins the journey on the path of liberation. Until this right vision is attained, no matter how much chanting, fasting and meditation one may do, one is caught in the vicious cycle of birth and death due to the karmas bound. Self-realization is possible only when one finds a self-realized master or a Gnani; so, one should always seek a Gnani. Then, one day, like Naysar, we too will attain self-realization.